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Allen’s Career High Not Enough as MSU Falls to No. 3/2 Notre Dame

Dec. 6, 2017

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Facing its second top-three ranked team of the season, the Michigan State women’s basketball team fell to No. 3/2 Notre Dame, 90-69 at the Joyce Center Wednesday in South Bend.

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With the loss, MSU slips to 5-3 this season, while Notre Dame improves to 8-1 this year. Both the Spartans and Irish have losses to No. 1 UConn this season.

Junior forward Jenna Allen was a bright spot for the Spartans with a career-high 28 points. Her previous high was 16 points against Detroit on Nov. 21. Also coming off the bench, senior guard/forward Lexi Gussert added a season-high 11 points, going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. The senior also tied a career-high with three steals during her career-best 30 minutes.

The Irish got off to a fast start, scoring the first 11 points of the game. Baskets by redshirt-sophomore Victoria Gaines and Allen cut into the Notre Dame lead, but a 6-0 Irish run gave UND the 19-4 advantage.

In the second quarter, the Spartans struggled to get the offense going. The Irish used a 16-0 run to take a 47-16 lead into the locker room.

The Spartans came out strong in the second half, scoring the first six points of the period, including four from senior forward Taya Reimer. MSU used a 9-0 run at the end of the quarter to cut the gap to 63-40. Behind 15 points from Allen in the third period, the Spartans were able to put a dent into the Irish lead. Michigan State out-scored Notre Dame 24-16 in the third quarter.

Notre Dame was able to re-establish control in the final period, out-scoring MSU, 27-19.

Michigan State will return for one game before taking a break for finals. The Spartans will take on Rhode Island on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The game is part of a doubleheader with the MSU men’s team, who will take on Southern Utah at 6 p.m.

MSU Notes vs. Notre Dame

  • For the second-straight game, MSU started Taryn McCutcheon, Shay Colley, Sidney Cooks, Mardrekia Cook and Taya Reimer. Only Colley and McCutcheon have started all eight Michigan State games this season.
  • Junior forward Jenna Allen scored in double-figures for the second-straight game. After scoring 10 points in MSU’s win over Western Michigan, Allen followed that performance with a career-high 28 points against UND. The 28 points were the most scored by a Spartan this season.
  • Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon tied her career high with 12 assists. She previously had 12 assists against Minnesota on Feb. 16, 2017. 
  • This is the first time in school history that Michigan State has faced the No. 1 (UConn) and No. 2 (Notre Dame) teams in the nation in the same season.



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