Agee Earns 1,000th Career Point as MSU falls No. 1 UConn at PK80 Invitational
Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee becomes the 26th Spartan to reach 1,000 career points.
EUGENE, Ore. - Michigan State women’s basketball suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 1 Connecticut in the first game of the women’s portion of the PK80 Invitational on Saturday at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon.
MSU Box Score vs. UConn
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 4-1 this season, while UConn improved to 5-0 with the win.
Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee became the 26th player in Michigan State women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points. The last player to do so was All-American Tori Jankoska in 2015. Agee ended the game with 10 points, while freshman forward Sidney Cooks led the Spartans with 11 points and eight rebounds.
UConn had four players in double figures led by 25 from Azura Stevens, who added 16 rebounds for a double-double. Kia Nurse added 20 points in the win.
After a fast start by the Huskies, Uconn used a 6-0 run to take a 16-2 lead. Four-straight from redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley and Cooks cut the lead to 16-6. MSU was strong on the boards in the first quarter with nine-first quarter boards. The Spartans were cold from the floor shooting only 22.2 percent from the field (4-of-18).
The Huskies used a 11-0 run to start the second quarter to take a 30-9 advantage, leading to a MSU timeout. The teams entered the locker room at halftime with UConn leading MSU 46-21.
In the fourth quarter, MSU out-scored the Huskies, 27-19. Coming off the bench redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines added five points in the fourth quarter alone, while both sophomore forward Mardrekia Cook and senior forward Kennedy Johnson added four points in the final 10 minutes.
Michigan State will remain on the road, closing out the three-game road trip at Miami on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 7 p.m.
MSU Notes vs. UConn
- Michigan State falls to 0-6 against the No. 1 team in the nation. The last No. 1 team that MSU faced was Maryland in 2007.
- With 10 points against the Huskies, redshirt-senior Branndais Agee became the 26th Spartan to reach the 1,000-mark.
- The Spartans are now 1-2 all-time against UConn. Today was the first meeting outside of the state of Connecticut.
- Freshman forward Sidney Cooks has scored in double figures in three of the first five games. Overall, she is averaging 12.2 ppg.
- After missing two games, senior forward Taya Reimer returned to the starting lineup, playing 16 minutes.