Women's Basketball Pushes Past Oakland, 80-62
Dec. 15, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Behind a strong second half, the Michigan State women's basketball defeated Oakland, 80-62 on Sunday afternoon at Breslin Center. Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers had her third double-double in the last four games, leading the Spartans with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Annalise Pickrel added 20 points, including 5-for-6 form 3-point, as MSU improves to 6-4 on the season.
The Spartans started sluggish, falling behind 21-11 to the Grizzlies with 7:52 left until halftime. Michigan State followed with 12 unanswered points over the next four minutes to take its first lead. The Spartans held the Grizzlies without a field goal for a seven-minute stretch late in the half, as OU missed 13-straight shots. MSU took a 27-26 lead into intermission.
Oakland opened the second half with a basket on its first possession, but the Spartans took over from there. MSU began with 10-straight points and expanded its run to 23-3 over a span of over six minutes to take control. The Spartan lead grew to as much as 24 points in the second half.
Michigan State scored 53 second half points, shooting 56.7% from the field and 60.0% (6-for-10) from behind the arc.
The Spartans held a 55-35 edge on the glass this afternoon as four different players tallied at least eight rebounds. MSU's 55 rebounds were the most since Nov. 12, 2011, when the Spartans had 60 vs. North Carolina A&T.
The Spartans head south to San Juan, P.R. for the Puerto Rico Classic this week, facing No. 14 Oklahoma State on Thursday at 2 p.m. ET and Georgetown on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET.
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