Florida State Edges No. 25 Michigan State, 60-58
Dec. 5, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A late comeback by the No. 25 Michigan State women's basketball team fell just short on Wednesday night, as Florida State knocked off the Spartans 60-58 at the Tucker Center. MSU, who falls to 5-3 on the season, was led by 20 points from senior Annalise Pickrel, and 19 points and 10 rebounds from redshirt freshman Aerial Powers in the 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge matchup.
Florida State, who is receiving votes in both national polls, improves to 7-1.
The game was scoreless for the initial 3:05 before the Seminoles took an early 4-0 lead. Michigan State would hold FSU without a field goal for the next 8:20, but a 3-pointer from Morgan Jones gave the Seminoles a 12-11 lead with 7:41 to go in the first. The Spartans followed with an 8-1 run to regain the lead and held a 25-21 advantage heading to the intermission.
The Spartans held FSU to 17.2% (5-for-29) shooting in the first half, including 1-for-6 from behind the arc, but remained close by making 10-of-14 free throws.
Pickrel scored on MSU's first possession of the second half to expand its lead to six, but Florida State scored 10 unanswered points over the next three minutes to go ahead 31-27 with 16:28 to go. The Spartans would claw back, regaining a three-point advantage (43-40) with 10 minutes left. The Seminoles responded with an extended run of their own to open their largest lead of the night at seven(56-49) with under three minutes remaining.
On back-to-back possessions, Pickrel knocked down 3-pointers to close the gap to one with 1:49 on the clock. However, the Spartans could not get any closer, missing a couple open looks with a chance to tie or take the lead in the final minute.
The Spartans out-rebounded the Seminoles, 46-36, despite FSU entering the night with a +10.0 rebound margin for the season. However, FSU took 23 more free throws than MSU, making 14 more.
Michigan State played tonight without starting point guard, junior Kiana Johnson, who sat out in an infection.
MSU remains on the road on Saturday, traveling to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.
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