Spartans Conclude New Orleans Shootout With Fifth-Straight Win
Four score in double figures as MSU concludes non-conference action.
NEW ORLEANS - Michigan State women's basketball concluded the New Orleans Shootout with an 83-64 win over Mississippi Valley State to go 2-0 at the tournament held at Xavier University.
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With the win, the Spartans conclude non-conference action with a 10-3 record. The Devilettes fall to 0-11 this season. MSU was the only team at the tournament to finish undefeated, going 2-0. Both No. 22 South Florida and Dayton went 1-1, while MVSU was 0-2.
Four different Michigan State players scored in double figures led by 18 from junior forward Jenna Allen, who has scored in double-digits four the fourth-straight game. Senior guard Branndais Agee tied a season-high with 17 points. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks added 12 points, while senior forward Taya Reimer had her second-straight double-digit scoring contest with 11.
MVSU was led by 18 points from both LaKendra Bassett and Kristy Parker, accounting for 36 of the Devilettes 64 points.
Michigan State scored the first eight points of the game led by six from Cooks. Agee scored six-straight points as MSU opened up a 20-11 advantage. Michigan State took its first double-digit, 22-11 after a Taryn McCutcheon steal and a score.
At the end of the first quarter, MSU used a 9-0 run to re-establish control with a 31-18 lead. The Spartans used back-to-back threes from Allen and senior guard Lexi Gussert as well as a old-fashioned three from redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley. Allen ended the first quarter with nine points.
In the second quarter, fouls continued to plague Michigan State. The Devilettes continued to stay scrappy against the much taller Spartans. MVSU responded with a mini 5-0 run to cut the Spartan advantage to 53-38.
Michigan State came out fast in the second half, taking its first 20-point lead of the game after a Cooks' layup. Mississippi Valley State was able to cut the lead to 15, but before the period ended an Agee jumper put the Spartans back up by 21, 64-43.
In the final period, MVSU reached the charity stripe nine times, trying to get back in the game. Overall, the Devilettes were 17-of-30 from the free throw line. MSU out-scored MVSU, 15-14, in the final period to seal win.
The Spartans will now take a brief break for the holidays, returning to begin Big Ten action on Thursday, Dec. 28 at Indiana at 7 p.m.
MSU Notes vs. MVSU in New Orleans Shootout
• With a 42-24 rebound advantage the Spartans improved to 9-3 when out-rebounding their opponents.
• Michigan State is on a five-game winning streak; its previous longest winning streak this season was a four-game win streak as the Spartans opened 4-0.
• With 83 points Thursday, Michigan State topped the 80-point plateau for the fourth game in a row and the eighth time this season ... Friday marked the ninth time this season that MSU has hung at least 70 on the scoreboard, improving to 9-0 on the season ... Michigan State has won 115 of its last 125 games when scoring at least 70 points, and MSU is 132-17 under head coach Suzy Merchant when netting at least 70 points.
• Junior forward Jenna Allen led Michigan State with 18 points. She has scored in double-digits four the fourth-straight game. Both Allen and senior guard Branndais Agee have both scored in double figures seven time this season, which leads the team. Both redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley and freshman forward Sidney Cooks have both scored in double figures six times.
• Michigan State improved to 5-0 this season with Friday's starting lineup of Colley, Allen, Reimer, senior guard Lexi Gussert and sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon.
• With eight assists, Colley came up one assist shy of tying her career high of nine set against Oakland on Nov. 13.