Spartans Capture B1G Opener, 68-46, over Indiana
Senior Branndais Agee scores a season-high 21 points.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Michigan State women's basketball captured its Big Ten opener with a convincing, 68-46, win over Indiana in Bloomington on Thursday. MSU improves to 18-18 in B1G openers.
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The Spartans have now won a season-high six-straight games, improving to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in league action. Indiana falls to 7-7 overall and 0-1 in Big Ten play. This was the Spartans first win in Bloomington since 2013.
Michigan State was led by a season-high 21 points from redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee. She also added six boards. Junior center Jenna Allen, a native of nearby Bedford, Indiana, added 14 points and five boards, while fellow Indiana native senior forward Taya Reimer scored 12.
The Spartans held Indiana's leading scorer Tyra Buss to a season-low eight points. She had been averaging 20.8 ppg.
The Hoosiers started cold, going 1-for-7 in their first seven shots, but made the next two to cut the MSU lead to 8-7. Allen drained a three to give MSU the 13-7 lead with under five left in the quarter. Both teams slowed down as MSU led after the first quarter, 16-11.
In the second quarter, Michigan State took its first double-digit lead 23-12 after a Lexi Gussert layup. The Spartans used a 6-0 run to go up 31-17 against the Hoosiers. Michigan State held Indiana to only six points in the second period.
Indiana used a 6-0 run early in the third quarter to cut the lead to 35-27. A Victoria Gaines layup put the Spartan lead back in double figures 37-27. After the Hoosiers had out-scored the Spartans much of the third quarter, MSU made three-straight baskets to take a 48-33 lead. The Spartans closed the quarter with a 6-0 run to lead 49-33 after 30 minutes.
Agee helped the Spartans put the game out of reach, scoring seven-straight point in the final period to put MSU up 62-41.
The Spartans return home for their home B1G opener on New Year's Eve against Rutgers. The game is the fifth and final doubleheader with the MSU men's team. The men's game begins at 12 p.m., while the women tipoff at 4 p.m.
MSU Notes vs. Indiana
• With a 40-29 rebound advantage, the Spartans improved to 10-0 when out-rebounding their opponents.
• Michigan State is on a six-game winning streak; its previous longest winning streak this season was a four-game win streak as the Spartans opened 4-0.
• With 21 points, redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee had her first 20-point game of the season. She now has five career 20-point contests.
• Junior forward Jenna Allen added 14 points. She has scored in double-digits for the fifth-straight game. Both Allen and senior guard Branndais Agee have scored in double figures eight times this season, which leads the team. Both redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley and freshman forward Sidney Cooks have scored in double figures six times.
• This is the first time MSU used the starting lineup of Taryn McCutcheon, Lexi Gussert, Branndais Agee, Jenna Allen and Sidney Cooks. Taryn McCutcheon is the only Spartan to start all 14 games.