Dec. 29, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In its non-conference finale, the Michigan State women's basketball had no trouble with Colgate, posting a 96-46 victory on Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center. Freshman Tori Jankoska broke out of her shooting funk with a season-high 25 points off the bench, leading four Spartans in double digits.
The Spartans (8-5) never trailed, but the game was close for the first part of the first half, as MSU led by only three, 14-11 with 11 minutes to go until halftime. Michigan State would go on a 15-2 run over the next six minutes, capped by a Jankoska 3-pointer, to go ahead 29-13. Late in the half, the Spartans would score nine unanswered to push their lead up to 25, before going into the break up 44-21.
The Raiders scored on their first possession of the second half, but Michigan State scored the next 17 points to blow the game open, leading 61-23 with 15 minutes to go. The Spartans kept the pressure up for all of the second half, eventually getting their lead up to as many as 54 (93-39).
The Spartans shot 50.0% from the field, including a 10-for-20 effort from the 3-point line, while holding the Raiders to 25.4% from the field and 21.4% (3-for-14) from behind the arc. MSU held a 55-35 advantage on the glass.
Jankoska went 7-for-12 from the field, including 6-for-9 from the 3-point line, while also adding four assists, to no turnovers, and two blocks in 32 minutes off the bench.
Joining Jankoska in double-figures was redshirt-freshman Branndais Agee (13), senior Klarissa Bell (11) and redshirt freshman Aerial Powers (10). Agee and Powers led the team with nine rebounds apiece. Junior Kiana Johnson led MSU in assists for the third-straight game, dishing out six.
Big Ten play begins for the Spartans on Saturday, Jan. 4, when they head to Minnesota for a 3 p.m. ET tip.
- MSU's 22 assists are a season-high and the most since dishing out 24 vs. Milwaukee on Dec. 1, 2012.
- The 50-point margin of victory was the 11th-largest in program history and was the largest since beating North Carolina A&T by 53 points on Nov. 12, 2011.
- Jankoska's six 3-pointers tied for the fourth-most in a MSU single-game, and were the most since Taylor Alton also made six on Jan. 7, 2012 at Penn State. It was the second-most in a game by a freshman.
- Jankoska's 25 points were the ninth-most ever by a Spartan freshman.
- Jankoska's four assists and two blocks tied her season highs.
- Johnson has led MSU in assists in seven of her last eight games played. Over her last eight games, she has totaled 54 assists to only 10 turnovers.
- Madison Williams had a season-high seven points and a career-high eight rebounds in only 11 minutes.
- The Spartans are 8-0 this season when going to the free throw line more than their opponent. MSU shot 34 free throws compared to 14 for Colgate.
- The Spartans scored at least 80 points for the sixth time this season, the most in a single-season since 2005-06. It already ties for the 10th-most all-time in a season.
- MSU is now 163-4 all-time when holding its opponent below 50 points.
- The Spartans are now 63-5 under Coach Merchant when scoring at least 70 points.
- Today marked the first meeting ever between MSU and Colgate.