Allen's Double-Double Pushes MSU Past Western Michigan
Three Spartans score in double figures as MSU improves to 5-2.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Behind a double-double from junior forward Jenna Allen, Michigan State women’s basketball stopped in-state foe Western Michigan, 65-62, in a return to the Breslin Center.
MSU Box Score vs. WMU
The win halted a two-game losing streak for the Spartans, who improve to 5-2 this season. With the loss, Western Michigan slips to 4-5. The Broncos are coached by former MSU assistant coach Shane Clipfell, making a return to East Lansing. Former Spartan Cetera Washington is also an assistant coach for WMU.
Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee led the Spartans with 13 points and three rebounds off the bench, while senior forward Taya Reimer added 11 points. Allen collected her second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 11 boards.
Marley Hill was the leading scorer for Western Michigan with 16 points and six rebounds.
The game was close from the tipoff. The Spartans led for 21:34, while the Broncos were on top for 12:53. The game was tied for 5:31. The first quarter was a low-scoring affair with Michigan State taking a 10-9 lead after a trey by Agee. A pair of Mobley free throws gave WMU the first-quarter lead, 14-12.
The second quarter was the most productive for MSU, out-scoring WMU 20-18. The Broncos were in control early in the period, taking its biggest lead of the game 21-15 after a 3-pointer from Meredith Miller. Michigan State was able to chip away at the deficit, re-taking the lead 30-29 after a pair of Agee free throws. The Broncos tied the game, heading in to the locker room with a free throw to make the score 32-32.
Michigan State led for most of the third quarter, but WMU tied it for the eighth time with 4:30 left in the period. A jumper from Reimer and free throws from redshirt sophomore guard Shay Colley gave the Spartans a four-point advantage late in the quarter.
The Spartans took their biggest lead of the game in the fourth quarter with a seven-point advantage, but the Broncos weren’t done, cutting the lead to 63-62. Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon drained a jumper with 24 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Michigan State is back on the road, facing No. 3/2 Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
MSU Notes vs. Western Michigan
- The Spartans are now 16-8 against Western Michigan and have won the last nine games.
- Three Spartans scored in double figures - redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee, junior forward Jenna Allen and senior forward Taya Reimer.
- Allen notched her first double-double of the season, and the second of her career with 10 points, 11 rebounds. The 11 boards were also a career high.
- Senior guard Lexi Gussert hit a season-high two 3-pointers, going a perfect 2-for-2.
- Redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley shot a career-high six free throws, shooting 6-for-8 at the line. Colley also tied a career-high with four steals.
- Michigan State was tied at halftime for the first time this season.
- Today marked the first time the combination of Taryn McCutcheon, Shay Colley, Taya Reimer, Mardrekia Cook and Sidney Cooks were the starting five.