Spartans Fall At Miami, 67-57, In B1G/ACC Challenge
Taryn McCutcheon nets career-high four 3-pointers on way to season-best and game-high 14 points.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A season-high 14 points from sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon was not enough as Michigan State lost to Miami, 67-57, Thursday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Miami’s Watsco Center.
Box Score vs. Miami
MSU slides to 4-2 on the young season, while Miami improves to 5-2.
McCutcheon netted her game-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor, including a career-best 4-of-4 from 3-point range. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks added nine points, followed by eight points from redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley, who also dished out a game-high six assists. Senior forward Taya Reimer snared a team-high seven rebounds, as MSU tied Miami with 39 rebounds apiece.
The Hurricanes were led by 12 points by Erykah Davenport, 11 points by Kelsey Marshall off the bench, along with 10 points from Endia Banks. Emese Hof pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
MSU shot 21-of-54 (38.9 percent) from the field, including 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range and were 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) at the free throw line.
Miami made 35.1 percent (20-of-57) field goal shooting, including 30.0 percent (6-of-21) behind the arc, and were 77.8 percent (21-of-27) at the charity stripe.
Sophomore forward Mardrekia Cook made her first career start and promptly netted the Spartans’ first points of the night on a jumper. Michigan State opened an 8-4 advantage on back-to-back 3-pointers by McCutcheon. After Miami came back to tied it at 15-all, MSU later took an 18-15 lead at 1:40 on a jumper by junior forward Jenna Allen, but the home team Hurricanes scored the final four points of the frame for a 19-18 advantage after one period.
MSU opened the second stanza with a 5-2 spurt, capped by a trey by redshirt senior guard Branndais Agee at 7:07 for a 23-21 lead. Miami countered with a 6-0 streak for a 27-23 lead on a layup by Keyanna Harris. A triple by senior guard Lexi Gussert drew MSU within 27-26, but that would be the closest the visitors would get for the rest of the half, as Miami stretched its advantage to 34-28 at halftime.
McCutcheon and Colley led MSU with six first-half points apiece, while Colley led the Spartans on the boards with four rebounds.
The home team extended its lead to double-digits for the first time on the night at 42-32 at 5:25 left in the third quarter on a pair of free throws. MSU closed to 46-38 on a jumper by sophomore forward Nia Hollie with 54 seconds to go in the quarter, but Miami again pulled away, taking a 51-39 advantage into the final frame.
After the Hurricanes took a 57-43 lead with 4:24 to go on a 3-pointer by Marshall, the Spartans speared the gap down to 10 at 57-47 on a 3-pointer by McCutcheon and a Colley free throw at 3:42, but were unable to get any closer in the final minutes.
After a lengthy three-game road trip, Michigan State returns to the friendly confines of the Breslin Center. The Spartans return home to take on Western Michigan on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. This is the second of five doubleheaders with the MSU men’s basketball team. Michigan State will then hit the road to face No. 3/2 Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
MSU Post-Game Notes vs. Miami
• Sophomore forward Mardrekia Cook made her first career start as a Spartan.
• MSU is now 5-6 in the B1G/ACC Challenge.
• The Spartans are now 0-2 vs. the Hurricanes in the B1G/ACC Challenge, and 2-3 all-time, including 1-2 at Miami.
• Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon’s season-high 14 points was her third double-digit outing in six games this season and the eighth double-figure game of her career.
• McCutcheon’s four 3-pointers were a career-best, topping three treys that she had hit four different times, the last time doing so at Michigan on Feb. 19, 2017 ... the four triples was McCutcheon’s third game this season with multiple 3-pointers.
• With nine points Thursday, freshman forward Sidney Cooks has netted nine or more points in five of the Spartans’ six games this season ... Cooks netted two 3-pointers Thursday, as she has also made multiple treys in five of MSU’s six contests.
• Senior forward Taya Reimer’s seven rebounds were a season-high and the third game this season with five or more boards.
• Sophomore guard Shay Colley dished out a game-best six assists Thursday, for her second game with five or more helpers.