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Spartan Women's Basketball Faces Wisconsin in B1G Tournament Thursday

March 1, 2017

#6 Michigan State (19-10, 9-7 B1G) at #11 Wisconsin (9-21, 3-13 B1G)
 Date Thursday, March 2
 Time 9 p.m. ET
 Location Indianapolis, Ind. | Bankers Life Fieldhouse
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 Radio Spartan Sports Network | WJIM-AM 1240
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Michigan State opens action in its 24th Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 11-seeded Wisconsin pm on Thursday, March 2 at approx. 9 p.m. (ET). The Badgers defeated the Scarlet Knights  on Wednesday, March 1, 61-55.

• MSU is the No. 6 seed in the B1G Tournament for the first time since 1995, and only the second time. In the 1995 tournament also held in Indianapolis, the Spartans defeated Michigan in the first round and Wisconsin in the second round before falling to Ohio State in the semifinals.

• A Michigan State and Wisconsin match-up in the B1G Tournament will be the third ever match-up of the two teams and the first time since the 2009 tournament. The last time the two teams met MSU dropped a 56-50 decision as the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals after a first round bye.

• Senior guard Tori Jankoska became the first Spartan and the 21st B1G women's basketball player to join the 2,000-point scoring club. She now has 2,090 career points. This season, Jankoska has scored 624 points becoming just the second Spartan to score 600 points in a season.

Tori Jankoska became the third Spartan in MSU women's basketball history to achieve a triple-double with 24 points, which was the most points scored in a Spartan triple-double, adding 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Minnesota on Feb. 16. Spartan-great Kristin Haynie had the last triple-double against Vanderbilt on March 27, 2005 with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kim Archer had the first triple-double in school history against Northwestern on March 8, 1984 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Tori Jankoska had come close to having the third triple-double in school history multiple times. She finally became the third Spartan in MSU women's basketball history to achieve a triple-double with 24 points, which was the most points scored in a Spartan triple-double, adding 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Minnesota on Feb. 16. Spartan-great Kristin Haynie had the last triple-double against Vanderbilt on March 27, 2005 with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kim Archer had the first triple-double in school history against Northwestern on March 8, 1984 with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Jankoska Triple-Double Near Misses
Nov. 30 at Syracuse 21 pts., 9 rebs., 7 ast.
Dec. 2 vs Oakland 37 pts., 10 rebs., 7 ast.
Dec. 6 vs Quinnipiac 18 pts., 14 rebs., 7 ast.
Jan. 1 vs Illinois 17 pts., 10 rebs., 7 ast.
Jan. 7 vs Nebraska 27 pts., 8 rebs., 7 ast.
Feb. 2 vs Indiana 15 pts., 13 rebs., 7 ast.

Jankoska is the only player in the B1G to record a triple-double this season. She is also only one of 23 players in the nation to earn a triple-double this season. Sabrina Ionescu leads the nation in triple-doubles with four this season, two other players have two, while Jankoska and the rest have each picked up one.

Jankoska is also the most improved scoring leader from last season to this season, bumping up her scoring by +7.4 points per game to 22.5 ppg after netting 15.1 ppg a season ago.

B1G Improved Scorers
Name `15-'16 `16-'17 +
1. Tori Jankoska, MSU 15.1 22.5 +7.4
2. Megan Gustafson, Iowa 10.7 18.0 +7.3
3. Aliyah Jeune, RU 1.4 8.3 +6.6
4. Shrita Parker, RU 5.1 11.4 +6.3
5. Cayla McMorris, WIS 6.5 12.2 +5.7
6. Desiree Keeling, RU 0.2 5.4 +5.2
7. Marsha Howard, WIS 2.1 7.2 +5.1
8. Alex Wittinger, ILL 10.1 14.4 +4.3
9. Teniya Page, PSU 15.3 19.4 +4.1
Brionna Jones, MD 15.2 19.3 +4.1
KK Sanders, RU 2.9 7.0 +4.1

The Badgers accumulated an overall record of 8-21 and a Big Ten conference mark of 3-13 to slate them as the 11th seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Wisconsin is 2-1 in its final three games of the regular season, defeating Rutgers and Illinois at home, before falling to Iowa 71-60 in its final game of the regular season.

Wisconsin had two players score in double-figures throughout the course of the entire season, paced by Cayla McMorris who averaged 12.2 points per game and Avyanna Young chipped in 11.2 points per game. Young was the only player to carry over double-figure scoring in conference play leading the Badgers with 10.3 points per game.

Young is also leading the rebounding effort for Wisconsin with 7.0 per game placing her 12th in the B1G in rebounds per game, which puts her behind both Jankoska (7th) and Agee (T-10th). Kendra Van Leeuwen has dished out 99 assists this season for an average of 3.4 helpers per game.

On the season, Wisconsin is 13th in the B1G in scoring offense (60.8 points per game) and 11th in scoring defense (70.2 points per game) to rank them 12th in scoring margin (-9.4). Wisconsin is shooting 37.5 percent from the field and 31.1 from behind the arc.

Including an 81-57 road win over Wisconsin earlier this season on Jan. 25, Michigan State leads the all-time series record 43-25. With that victory the Spartans improved to a 10-game win streak against the Badgers, dating back to the 2010-11 campaign when MSU won 62-43 at home on Jan. 6. This years 24-point victory spread was the largest margin of victory for MSU over Wisconsin in its last 10 meetings.

Spartans 71, Badgers 57 | Jan. 25, 2017
Michigan State used a complete team effort to snap a three-game losing streak with a dominating 81-57 win over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Michigan State was led with season-high 18 points by Branndais Agee, who was also one rebound shy of a double-double. Senior guard Tori Jankoska added her sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Taya Reimer added eight points in the win.

MSU used an 8-0 run to take a 14-7 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Spartans spread the ball well early on with six players scoring in the first quarter alone. The Badgers responded with a 7-0 run that cut the lead. MSU went in to the halftime break with the 48-32 point lead.

Junior forward Kennedy Johnson scored four-straight points in the third quarter to give the Spartans a 20-point lead, 63-43. Michigan State continued to share the ball really well, as all 11 Spartans in uniform had scored by the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Michigan State scored six points in 47 seconds to maintain the 20-point advantage.

A Spartan-Badger match-up in the B1G Tournament would be the third ever match-up of the two teams in the B1G Tournament. The last time the two teams met MSU dropped a 56-50 decision as the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals after a first round bye during the 2009 tournament. The only other time the Spartans and the Badgers met was in the quarterfinals of the 1995 tournament when the Spartans won 87-79 in the quarterfinals as the No. 6 seed. MSU went on to lose to Ohio State 70-63 in the semifinals.

Tori Jankoska is also re-writing the single-season record books. With 653 points this season, she is third on the single-season charts in points in a season passing Liz Shimek (2005-06) who netted 597 points in the season. Jankoska is currently first in points per game with 22.5 ppg. She is also first in 3-pointers in a season with 107 this campaign. With a 90.1 free throw percentage, Jankoska is currently third in single-season free throw percentage. Lindsey Bowen holds the single-season record with a 95.5 free throw percentage during the 2002--03 season and a 92.0 percent free throw percentage during the 2005-06 season.

After a season-high attendance of 10,646 against Maryland on Feb. 12, the Spartans moved into the top 10 in the nation in attendance. Michigan State is ninth in the country in attendance, averaging 6,011 fans per game at the Breslin Center. MSU is first in the Big Ten in attendance ahead of Purdue, which is averaging 5,907 fans per game. The 10,646 fans were 13th on the all-time MSU attendance list. The season-high last season was 9,017 against Iowa.

Tori Jankoska is in very rare company among the top scorers in the Big Ten. Senior guard Tori Jankoska is seventh in the nation in career points scored with 2,119 scored during her four seasons. Washington's Kelsey Plum is first, scoring 3,340 points in four seasons. There are five players from the Big Ten in the top 10 in active career scoring.

Player, School Points
2. Kelsey Mitchell, OSU.................................2,463
6. Nia Coffey, NU ..........................................2,232
7. Tori Jankoska, MSU................................... 2,119
8. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, MD............. 2,036
10. Ally Disterhoft, IOWA.............................2,022

Big Ten 2,000-Plus point Scorers
3,093 Rachel Banham, MINN 2011-16

2,919 Kelly Mazzante, PSU 2001-04
2,818 Jantel Lavender, OSU 2008-11
2,578 Katie Smith, OSU 1993-96
2,510 Maggie Lucas, PSU 2010-14
2,463 Kelsey Mitchell, OSU, 2015-
2,405 MaChelle Joseph, PUR 1989-92
2,312 Jolene Anderson, WIS 2005-08
2,307 Anucha Browne, NU 1982-85
2,303 Jessica Davenport, OSU 2004-07
2,285 Lindsay Whalen, MINN 2001-04
2,251 Shereka Wright, PUR 2001-04
2,232 Nia Coffey, NW 2014-16
2,182 Stephanie White, PUR 1996-99
2,165 Ameryst Alston, OSU 2012-16
2,160 Jenna Smith, ILL 2007-10
2,119 Tori Jankoska, MSU, 2014-17
2,097 Carol Ann Shudlick, MINN 1991-94
2,089 Ashley Berggren, ILL 1995-98
2,044 Laura Coenen, MINN 1982-85
2,036 Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, MD 2014-17
2,022 Ally Disterhoft, IOWA, 2014-17
2,015 Tayler Hill, OSU 2010-13
2,010 Samantha Prahalis, OSU 2009-12

Tori Jankoska has moved up to fourth on the all-time Michigan State basketball scoring list. Shawn Respert holds the all-time record among both the men and women's teams with 2,531 points. Jankoska is fourth with career 2,119.

1. Shawn Respert 2,531 1990-95
2. Steve Smith 2,263 1987-91
3. Scott Skiles 2,145 1982-86
4. Tori Jankoska, 2,119 2014-17

Jankoska broke the 3-point field goals record after netting five treys at Michigan to bring her grand total up to 297 made 3-pointers. Jankoska passed Lindsay Bowen (2002-06) who netted 294 3-point field goals during her time as a Spartan.

Michigan State currently stands with an RPI of 46, which is fifth in the Big Ten. Maryland has an RPI of 22. Ohio State is second in the league in RPI at 24, while Michigan is 40th. Indiana is just ahead of MSU with a RPI of 44.

Senior guard Tori Jankoska netted a MSU single-game record 42 points and also became the Spartans' all-time leading scorer with a 3-pointer at the 6:49 mark of the first quarter for her 1,818th point, passing former teammate Aerial Powers (2014-16) at 1,817 ... With her 42 points, Jankoska passed Maxann Reese's record of 41 points set on Jan. 29, 1999 vs. Iowa ... Jankoska now has 2,119 career points ... With 31 first-half points, Jankoska also set a new MSU single-game record for points in a half, bettering the previous mark of 28 by Reese in her record-setting 41-point game ... Jankoska scored 19 points in the first quarter, recording the most points scored in the first quarter by any Spartan.

Senior guard Tori Jankoska became the first Michigan State women's basketball player to reach 2,000 points. She became MSU's all-time leading scorer against Ohio State with 1,898 career points on Jan. 10. The senior guard now has 2,119 career points.

MSU improved to 11-1 this season when at least three players have scored in double figures. The Spartans have had at least three in double figures against Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois, Rhode Island, Quinnipiac, Southern, Western Michigan and Oakland. MSU's only loss came against Maryland on Feb. 12.

Tori Jankoska continues to look to break Michigan State records. Through 29 games this season, the senior guard has 653 total points, just 44 shy of the single-season record. The single-season record for points was set by Aerial Powers during the 2015-16 season when she scored 697. Michigan State will be looking to break the record for the third-straight season as Powers previously set the record with 678 points during the 2014-15 campaign. Jankoska needs 44 points to tie Powers' single-season record.

Jankoska has been added to the Wade Watch List by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on Feb. 6. She is one of 35 student-athletes named to the list.

Jankoska is one of 10 players added to the preseason list of 25 Wade Watch List honorees. Joining Jankoska on the list 10 hopefuls are: Monique Billings of UCLA, Lexie Brown of Duke, Tyra Buss of Indiana, Napheesa Collier of Connecticut, Asia Durr of Louisville, Chantel Osahor of Washington, Brittney Sykes of Syracuse and Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams of Connecticut.

The Freeland, Michigan native, is one of seven players from the Big Ten represented on the Wade Watch List, along with Indiana's Tyra Buss, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell, Maryland's Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Michigan's Katelynn Flaherty and Northwestern's Nia Coffey. Four other Spartan opponents made the list in Notre Dame's Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner, as well as Syracuse's Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes. She is also part of the Naismith Watch List and the Staley Midseason Watch List.

Senior guard Tori Jankoska is No. 1 in the nation in 3-point field goals per game with 3.69 and is also No. 1 in three-point field goals made throughout the season with 107. Jankoska is also fifth in the nation in total points scored with 653. Washington's Kelsey Plum is first with 979 points, while Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell leads the Big Ten with 701 points. Jankoska is also ninth in scoring, averaging 22.5 ppg. The senior is also eighth in the nation in free throw percentage (.905).

As a team, Michigan State is 12th in the nation with 17.9 assists per game, which also makes them 12th in the nation with 520 total assists on the season.

Michigan State's 94-75 win over Ohio State on Jan. 10 marked the first time scoring over 90 points in back-to-back home games since last season with 114-106 win over Minnesota on Feb. 21, 2016 and 107-105 3OT win over No. 5/5 Ohio State on Feb. 27, 2016 of last season.

Overall, this was the first time that MSU scored over 90 points in back-to-back games since 102-54 win vs. Canisius on Nov. 14, 2013 and 96-89 overtime win vs. No. 23/21 Dayton on Nov. 17, 2013. This was also the first time ever that MSU scored 90+ points in back-to-back Big Ten games.

The win over Ohio State was the first time scoring over 80 in back-to-back Big Ten games under head coach Suzy Merchant and first time since 2000 when MSU beat No. 21/21 Purdue, 84-64 on Feb. 17, 2000 and lost to Michigan, 90-87 in 2OT, on Feb. 20, 2000.

Under Coach Merchant, Michigan State is 27-46
against ranked teams, including 18-14 at home, 6-18 on the road and 3-14 on a neutral court. As a ranked team against fellow ranked team, MSU is 15-22 versus ranked teams. This season, MSU is 2-3 against ranked with losses to No. 20/21 Syracuse, No. 2/2 Notre Dame and No. 3/2 Maryland and a win against No. 11/11 Ohio State and a most recent win at No. 20/20 Michigan.

In head coach Suzy Merchant's tenure, when two numbers on the scoreboard were achieved it typically has been a sign of a MSU win. Overall, MSU has scored at least 70 points 18 times overall this season. MSU has won 104 of its last 113 games when scoring at least 70 points, and MSU is 121-16 under head coach Suzy Merchant when hanging at least 70 points on the scoreboard. This year, MSU is 15-3 when scoring at least 70 points with its only losses coming against Iowa in overtime on Feb. 9, against Maryland on Feb. 12 and Nebraska in overtime on Feb. 26.

The Spartans have had six different starting lineups in the 29 games of regular-season. Senior Tori Jankoska, graduate student Taya Reimer along with freshman Taryn McCutcheon have started all 29 games so far this season. Redshirt senior guard Branndais Agee has started 24 games this season. Redshirt freshman Victoria Gaines has started 18 games, while junior Lexi Gussert has started three games. Sophomore Jenna Allen has started a trio of games this season. Sophomore Hana Vesela has started two games, while freshman Nia Hollie has started six contests. The Spartans have had the same starting lineup the last 15 games.

Jankoska leads the way starting 110 games during her Michigan State career. Branndais Agee has the second most starts of any current Spartan with 58.

Michigan State has had a lot of success when a player has had a double-double. Five different players have recorded a double-double this season and the Spartans have only dropped two games. MSU is 10-1 when Tori Jankoska has scored in double figures in points and rebounds. During her career, MSU is 22-2 when Jankoska has a double-double.

Guard Tori Jankoska is in the top 10 in the Big Ten in both scoring, rebounds and assists. She is second in the league and first on the team in scoring, averaging 22.5 points per game. She is seventh in the Big Ten averaging 8.2 boards per game. Jankoska is tied for third in the league in assists, averaging 5.1 apg. So far this season, she has scored 653 total points, grabbed 239 rebounds, and added 148 helpers. Jankoska is the only player in the top 10 in all three categories.

Jankoska is one of only two MSU players to be in the all-time career top-10 in both assists and points. Jankoska is No. 1 in points with 2,119 and No. 2 in assists with 477. Lindsay Bowen (2002-06) is the only other player in both who is No. 3 in the record books with 1,751 career points and No. 5 all-time with 402 assists.

Several Michigan State players rank among the best in the Big Ten this season. Senior guard Tori Jankoska is second in the league in scoring, averaging 22.5 points per game. Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell is first in the conference in scoring, averaging 23.4 ppg. Freshman guard Taryn McCutcheon is third in the league in assists (5.2 apg), while Jankoska is fourth (5.1 apg). Jankoska is first in free throw percentage (.905). Jankoska is also tops in the conference in 3-point field goals made with 3.7. In league games, Jankoska is second in scoring, averaging 22.6 ppg. Jankoska is third in the Big Ten in assists, averaging 5.4 apg. The Spartans have three players in the top-25 in rebounding averages led by Jankoska who is seventh (8.7 rpg), redshirt senior Branndais Agee is tied for 10th (7.1), while Reimer is 21st grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game.

Michigan State is third in 3-point field goals made averaging 7.7 per game and third in 3-point field goal percentage at .360.

In the rebounding effort, the Spartans are second in the league with a rebounding margin of +5.8. MSU's specialty is defensive rebounds as they are slated third in the Big TEn with 29.2 defensive rebounds a game to mark them second in defensive rebound percentage (.732) only trailing Maryland (.733).

Michigan State women's basketball signee Sidney Cooks (Kenosha, Wisc./St. Joseph Catholic Academy) was selected to play in the 2017 McDonald's All-American Game, as announced late Sunday night on ESPNU.

Cooks is the only player on the roster who is a Big Ten Conference signee. She also becomes the first future Spartan to play in the prestigious all-star game since Madison Williams in 2010. In the 16 years of the event for the girls, Cooks joins Williams and Tiffanie Shives (2005) as the only other incoming Spartans to have been selected to the game.

The 2017 McDonald's All-American Games will begin on March 29. The 40th annual Boys Game will be televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, while the 16th annual Girls Game will tip off at 5 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN2. It will mark the 20th-consecutive year the games will be broadcast on ESPN. The games will be held in Chicago at the United Center for the seventh-straight season.

Cooks is a 6-4 forward who plays for head coach Lynell Collins at St. Joseph Catholic. She is currently ranked fifth overall and second at her position by ESPN HoopGurlz. In 2016, Cooks earned AP first-team All-State as well as USA Today first-team All-Wisconsin honors. She was named honorable mention WBCA Division 4 All-State in 2015. Last season, she surpassed the 1,000 point-plateau by scoring 20 points in a win.

The Spartans have been extremely effective closing out games over the last couple years, winning 156 of their last 162 games (.969) when leading with five minutes left, including 107 of their last 114. In Coach Merchant's tenure, Michigan State is 191-10 (.955) when holding a lead with five minutes left. This season, the Spartans are 17-2.

In Coach Merchant's first 10 seasons, the Spartans are 71-28 (71.7%) following a loss.

Michigan State has had great success against other collegiate programs in the state of Michigan over the past 12 seasons. Since the beginning of the 2002-03 season, the Spartans are 50-4 (.925) against in-state rivals, including a 35-4 (.897) mark under Coach Merchant. All-time, Michigan State is 183-59 (.756) against other Michigan schools.

Senior guard Tori Jankoska was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten team by both the coaches and the media. Michigan State was selected third in the Coaches Poll.

Big Ten regular season and tournament champion Maryland was picked first in both the Coaches and the Media polls, while the Hoosiers took the third spot in the media poll. Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell was named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year in both polls.

Michigan State women's basketball spent the summer on a 10-day European excursion. The Spartans traveled to Europe from August 19-28. Michigan State played exhibition in each country, while taking side trips to Normandy, France and Oxford, England. The trip was as much about team bonding as it was basketball, as the learned about each other on and off the court.

Michigan State women's basketball lost a hard-fought battle at Nebraska, 76-74, in overtime Sunday afternoon at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the regular-season finale.

Senior guard Tori Jankoska netted 29 points and snared a team-high eight rebounds for the Spartans, while sophomore forward Jenna Allen tied a season-high with 13 points off the bench. Redshirt-senior Branndais Agee added nine points and six rebounds, while graduate student Taya Reimer tallied eight points and seven boards.

Nebraska was led by Jessica Shepard's double-double with 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Hannah Whitish netted 24 points, including hitting a pair of big 3-pointers in overtime.

MSU shot 26-of-68 (38.2 percent) from the field, making 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range. The Spartans were 10-of-13 at the charity stripe.

Nebraska had a 40.9 field goal percentage (27-of-66), making 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) behind the arc. The Cornhuskers were 15-of-30 (50.0 percent) at the free throw line.

Michigan State and Nebraska went back-and-forth in the opening minutes, with the Cornhuskers taking a 10-8 lead at 5:22. That would be the home team's last lead of the half as MSU ended the first quarter on a 14-0 run and took a 22-10 lead after the opening stanza. Reimer had six points in the opening 10 minutes.

The Spartans' lead swelled to 25-11 at 8:18 on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Taryn McCutcheon, before Nebraska cut the gap to seven on two occasions, but MSU held the home team at bay and led, 34-25, at intermission.

In the third quarter, the Spartans twice had leads of 12 points, the last at 6:49 at 41-29 after a bucket by Agee. Nebraska cut the margin down to 46-40 at 1:25 on a Havers basket, but MSU again kept the home team at bay and the visitors had a 49-42 lead after three quarters.

The Cornhuskers clawed away at the Spartans' lead and took their first lead of the second half at 63-62 with 47 seconds left on a layup by Havers. Shepard netted two free throws with 27 ticks to go for a 65-62 lead. However, that was a short-lived lead as Jankoska netted a high-arching 3-pointer from deep on the left wing that kissed off the glass and through the net with 20.3 seconds to go to tie the score at 65-65. Shepard got a shot off with five seconds left but it was off the mark, sending the game to overtime.

In the extra period, Whitish sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around a Jankoska trey and Nebraska had a 71-67 lead with 3:27 to go. MSU got within, 75-74, with 19 seconds to go on two Jankoska free throws. Whitish made 1-of-2 charity stripe shots for a 76-74 advantage. MSU ran its offense, but missed a layup with five seconds left and Shepard corralled the rebound in a scrum and was fouled. However, she missed both free throws, and the Spartans collected the rebound, but Jankoska's three-quarter court launch bounced off the rim at the buzzer, ending the game.



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