Spartans Return to Jenison Field House, Defeat IPFW 64-36
Junior Annalise Pickrel led MSU in scoring for the first time in her career with 15 points today vs. IPFW.
Junior Annalise Pickrel led MSU in scoring for the first time in her career with 15 points today vs. IPFW.

Dec. 16, 2012

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - As part of the Game of Change Weekend, the Michigan State women's basketball team returned to Jenison Field House for the first time since 1989 on Sunday. The Spartans improved to 9-1 with a 64-36 victory over IPFW.

Junior Annalise Pickrel led MSU in scoring for the first time in her career, posting 15 points and a career-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Becca Mills added 13 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Senior Courtney Schiffauer posted her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kiana Johnson, in her first game back, dished out a game-high six assists and grabbed three steals off the bench.

The Spartans dominated the first half, taking a 40-11 lead into intermission. MSU scored the first six points of the game, but the Mastodons held close, 8-4 with 13:58 to go in the first. Michigan State responded with a 19-0 run over the next 5:41 to blow the game open. After a Rachel Mauk layup stopped the streak, the Spartans ran off nine more points in a row to go up 36-7 with 3:10 to go.

Michigan State began the second half with first seven points to open a 47-11 lead and eventually opened its largest lead of the afternoon at 53-15 with 10:52 to go. IPFW slowly cut away at the deficit but the Spartans closed out with a 64-36 victory.

The Spartan defense held IPFW to 28.3% shooting from the field, including 18.8% (3-for-16) from behind the arc. MSU forced 22 turnovers and held a 25-2 advantage in points off turnovers. The Spartans outrebounded the Mastodons 47-30, including a season-high 21 offensive boards.

The Spartans hit the road tomorrow, traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. for the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic. MSU will face Oregon State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Texas Tech on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

- The Spartans begin the year 9-1 for just the sixth time in program history.
- MSU has held five of its 10 opponents this season under 40 points.
- The 11 first half points allowed are the fewest in the first half and the third fewest in any half since the 1974-75 season.
- Today was MSU's first game in Jenison Field House since March 11, 1989.
- MSU is now 41-26 all-time in Jenison Field House.
- Over the last seven games, MSU has held its opponents to 20.7% (24-for-116) from 3-point range.
- Under Coach Merchant, MSU is now 40-13 after a loss.
- MSU improved to 3-0 all-time against IPFW, beating them each of the last three seasons.
- The Spartans held IPFW's leading scorer Amanda Hyde, who was 20th in the nation with 20.3 points per game, to nine points, all in the second half, on 2-of-12 shooting. MSU has held each of its opponent's leading scorer under her season average.
- Kiana Johnson and Akyah Taylor returned to the Spartan rotation today after missing the first nine games of the season due to a violation of NCAA rules.
- Jasmine Hines tied a career high with seven rebounds, including five on the offensive end. She also hit a season-high seven free throws (7-for-10).