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.
- Michigan State wins its sixth-straight game over Oakland and improves to 10-4 all-time against the Grizzlies.
- The Spartans have won 40 of their last 42 games against in-state opponents, including a 25-2 mark under Coach Merchant.
- Klarissa Bell set a career high with seven assists, also adding eight rebounds and six points.
- Pickrel tied her career high with five 3-pointers. She now has 104 3-pointers in her career, moving her into 10th all-time at MSU.
- Powers also added three assists, three steals and two blocks, in addition to her third double-double of the season.
- Kiana Johnson returned to the court, after missing the last two games. Johnson had nine points, four rebounds and two assists in only 10 minutes.
- Madison Williams also returned after missing the last three games. Williams had two blocks and three rebounds in six minutes.
- Jasmine Hines played a season-high 19 minutes, posting season highs of five points and eight rebounds, in her third game this year.
- MSU is 6-0 this season when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
- The Spartans had a season-high nine blocks.
- MSU is 63-5 under Coach Merchant when scoring at least 70 points.
- The Spartans have won 86 of their last 87 games when leading with five minutes to go.