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Four Spartans Earn All-Big Ten Honors

Feb. 26, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women’s basketball had four players named to the All-Big Ten teams Monday, as voted on by both the B1G Coaches and the media. Sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon, redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley and redshirt-senior guard Branndais Agee all earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors by both the coaches and the media. Junior center Jenna Allen garnered honorable mention honors from the media.

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Agee, a guard from Detroit, Michigan, was named All-Big Ten for the third-straight season after being named honorable mention the last two seasons. Fighting through injuries this season, Agee is currently second on the team in scoring with 10.3 ppg and first in rebounding with 5.7 rpg. She is just the 14th Spartan to pass the 1,200 point mark during her six-year Michigan State career.

McCutcheon, a guard from East Lansing, Michigan, captured honorable mention honors for the second-straight season. The sophomore is third in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.5 apg overall and 5.3 apg in league contests. McCutcheon’s 12 assists against Notre Dame on Dec. 6 and Iowa on Feb. 1 were the most in the Big Ten this season.

Colley, a redshirt-sophomore from Brampton, Ontario, collects all-league accolades for the first time.She leads the team in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game. Despite missing seven games due to injury, she has scored in double figures 12 times. She is tied for eighth with 4.3 apg. She is also tied for fourth in steals per game, averaging 2.0 spg.

Allen, a center from Bedford, Indiana, earns her first all-conference honor. She has improved in scoring every season, currently standing third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.2 ppg. Her 28 points scored against Notre Dame on Dec. 6 was the most scored by a Spartan this season. Allen is one of only four MSU players to see action in every game this season.

For the second-straight year, senior guard Lexi Gussert was Michigan State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. Gussert, who is one of the Spartan captains, has battled through injuries to play in 24 games this year.

In head coach Suzy Merchant’s 11 seasons, Michigan State has now earned 39 All-Big Ten selections. MSU has had at least two players earn All-Big Ten honors in each of those 11 seasons.

Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell was named Big Ten Player of the Year by the coaches, while Iowa’s Megan Gustafson captured the award from the media. Minnesota’s Destiny Pitts was named Freshman of the Year by both groups, while Nebraska’s Amy Williams earned Coach of the Year honors by both the media and the coaches.

The No. 10-seeded Spartans (17-12, 7-9 B1G) will face No.7-seeded Indiana in the second round on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Indiana.

For the second-straight season Ohio State is the No. 1 seed in the tournament, while Maryland is the No. 2 seed. The Buckeyes won the regular-season title on the final day of the season with a win over Penn State. Nebraska will be the No. 3 seed, while Minnesota is the final team to earn the double bye, earning the No. 4 seed.

MSU is the No. 10 seed in the B1G Tournament for just the second time. In the 2002 tournament also held in Indianapolis, the Spartans lost to Ohio State in the first round in double overtime, 92-89. This is the first time since the 2012 tournament that MSU has faced Indiana. As the No. 5 seed, MSU stopped the Hoosiers, 97-68, in the first round.


 

 

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