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Michigan State Edged by Rutgers, 61-58

Dec. 31, 2017

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - Despite redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee’s first double-double of the season, Michigan State women’s basketball had its six-game winning streak halted by Rutgers, 61-58, Sunday at the Breslin Center.

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The Spartans drop to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten action. The Scarlet Knights are now 14-2 overall and 2-0 in league contests and have won nine-straight games.

Redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley led the Spartans with 16 points, adding five rebounds and four assists. Freshman forward Sidney Cooks added 11 points in the loss. Agee had 10 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the year and sixth of her career.

Rutgers was led by Tyler Scaife with 25 points, the only Scarlet Knight player in double-figures.

In a low-scoring first quarter, the Spartans jumped out to an early 8-5 lead, before the Scarlet Knights scored four-straight to take a 9-8 advantage. MSU went cold from the field before a Jenna Allen layup put MSU back on top, 10-9, with 2:16 to go in the frame, but RU scored eight of the game’s next 10 points for a 17-12 lead after one quarter.

A Scaife 3-pointer early in the second quarter gave Rutgers a double-digit lead at 22-12. MSU cut the Scarlet Knight lead to 26-22 after an Agee jumper with under three minutes left in the half. The Spartans erased the 10-point deficit by tying the score, 26-26, on a Colley jumper. Michigan State re-took the lead after a steal and a layup by Gaines at 28-26. The Scarlet Knights used a trey by Khadaizha Sanders late in the half to take a 29-28 lead into the locker room at intermission.

In what continued to be a low-scoring affair, RU scored eight-straight to take a 41-36 lead with under four minutes to play in the third. Cooks stopped the run with a jumper, as MSU responded with a 7-0 run and went up 44-41.

The Scarlet Knights led much of the final period, but an old-fashioned three by senior forward Taya Reimer gave MSU a 56-55 lead with 2:56 remaining. Scaife tied the scored for the sixth and final time on the night at 58-all with a free throw with 40 seconds remaining. The Spartans had a couple of opportunities late but were not able to convert as Rutgers held on for the three-point victory.

Michigan State will open the 2018 portion of the schedule, hosting Northwestern on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at the Breslin Center at 7 p.m.

MSU Notes vs. Rutgers
• The series between Michigan State and Rutgers is now tied 4-4 and MSU falls to 3-2 at home against the Scarlet Knights.
• MSU closes out December with a 7-2 record for the month.
• Redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee notched her first double-double of the season, grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds and adding 10 points, tallying the sixth double-double of her career. Agee has scored in double figures the last three games, as part of her ninth game this season. Agee also topped 100 points overall this season, marking her fourth-straight season with 100+ points.
• Three Spartans scored in double figures. Redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley netted 16, redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee recorded 10 and freshman forward Sidney Cooks tallied 11.
• The starting combination of McCutcheon, Agee, Gussert, Cooks and Allen is now 1-1.
• Redshirt-sophomore forward Victoria Gaines tied a season-high with five assists and recorded a career-high three steals.
• The Spartans are now 23-13 in Big Ten home openers.



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