Dec. 20, 2013
SAN JUAN, P.R. - In its final game of the Puerto Rico Classic, the Michigan State women's basketball team defeated Georgetown, 67-54 on Friday afternoon at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo.
Redshirt freshman Aerial Powers led the way with 14 points, while senior Klarissa Bell added 13 points, and both junior Kiana Johnson and redshirt freshman Branndais Agee chipped in 10. Johnson also had her first career double-double by dishing out a game-high 10 assists. Senior Annalise Pickrel and junior Jasmine Hines led with eight rebounds, while Pickrel also blocked a career-high four shots.
The Spartans, who improve to 7-5 on the season, held the Hoyas without a point for the first 2:45 to open an 8-0 lead. MSU would maintain a comfortable margin, until Georgetown went on an 11-2 run to take its first lead at 20-19 with 6:37 to go in the first. With the game tied at 25 and 3:20 on the clock, the Spartans closed the half on a 11-2 spurt to go into the break up 36-27.
Georgetown opened the second half on a 10-2 run over the first six minutes to get back within one at 38-37, but the Spartans prevented the Hoyas was gaining the second half lead. Midway through the half, MSU put together a 9-2 run to open a double-digit lead at 51-41. The Spartans closed out the game by hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute to ice the win.
The Spartan defense held Georgetown to 31.7% field goal percentage and 21.4% from 3-point, while blocking eight shots.
The Spartans return to Breslin Center after the Christmas break to host Colgate on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m.
- Johnson became the sixth different Spartan with a double-double this season.
- Johnson moved up into a tie for 14th all-time at MSU with 291 career assists.
- Johnson finished the Puerto Rico Classic with 16 assists and two turnovers.
- Michigan State improves to 6-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent.
- Pickrel is now 12th all-time at MSU with 59 career blocks.
- Hines had season-highs with seven points and eight rebounds.
- Michigan State is now 2-0 all-time against Georgetown.