MSU Women's Basketball Celebrates the 2018 Season With Annual Banquet
Colley and McCutcheon earn Co-Player of the Year honors.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's basketball honored the 2017-18 season at its annual banquet on Saturday, March 10, at the Breslin Center. Eight different Spartans were recognized, while redshirt-sophomore guard Shay Colley and sophomore guard Taryn McCutcheon shared Player of the Year honors.
After the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan State stands 17-13 overall, despite an injury-plagued season. In the Big Ten instant classic, 10th-seeded MSU fell to seventh-seeded Indiana in the longest game in Spartan history, 111-109 in four overtimes.
On a festive night, the Spartans honored seniors Branndais Agee, Kiara Cater, Lexi Gussert, Kennedy Johnson and Taya Reimer.
Colley, who despite missing seven regular-season games, shared MSU's Player of the Year honors. She was also named to the honorable mention All-Big Ten squad. She tied her career high with 27 points against Indiana at the Big Ten Tournament on March 1. For the season, she is first in scoring 11.7 point per game. Colley is also tied for ninth in the B1G in assists per game with 4.2 apg and stands fourth in the league in steals with 2.0 spg.
McCutcheon, a Big Ten honorable mention player, split Player of the Year honors with Colley. The guard has averaged 9.7 ppg. She is third in the conference in assists with 5.4 apg. McCutcheon is re-writing the Spartan record books, as she has 327 career assists in two seasons. She currently stands 14th in the MSU record books.
She was also the recipient of the Spartan Hustle Award. McCutcheon leads the team in games started with 29. This sophomore has had several standout games this season, including scoring a career-high 25 points in an upset win at Maryland on Jan. 11. In that battle, she tied a career-high with six made 3-pointers.
Junior center Jenna Allen received the Most Improved Player Award. The center was also named to the honorable mention All-Big Ten squad. She is one of only four Spartans to have played in all 30 games this season. Allen is currently third in scoring with 9.9 ppg and tied for third in rebounds with 4.8 rpg.
The Sixth Player Award was given to Victoria Gaines, who has played in all 30 games this year, starting five. Gaines has been one of the Spartan's top rebounders, currently standing second on the team with 4.9 rpg. She has scored in double figures six times this season, including a season-high 16 against Maryland on Feb. 18.
Redshirt senior guard Branndais Agee received the Best Rebounder Award. Agee was named to the All-Big Ten honorable mention squad and has started 20 games this season. She is first on the team and 20th in the B1G in rebounding with 6.1 rpg. Overall, she is second on the team in scoring averaging 10.5 ppg.
Freshman guard Claire Hendrickson snagged the Pat Canning Coaches Award. Despite tearing her ACL on the first official day of practice in October, Hendrickson was positive presence on the Spartan bench.
The Kim Archer Character Award was presented to senior guard/forward Lexi Gussert. One of the Spartan captains, Gussert missed five games with a fractured elbow. Despite missing time on the court, she continued to be a vocal leader. Gussert is also a two-time recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Other awards presented Saturday included Andey Jo Tate collecting the MVP Ball Club Most Spectacular Member Award. Representing the Spartans tremendous support system, Athletic Trainer LouAnne Jefferson received the Most Valuable Supporter Award.
2018 Michigan State Women's Basketball Banquet Award Winners:
Co-Player of the Year Award: Shay Colley & Taryn McCutcheon
Defensive Player of the Year Award: Shay Colley
Spartan Hustle Award: Taryn McCutcheon
Most Improved Player Award: Jenna Allen
Sixth Player Award: Victoria Gaines
Best Rebounder Award: Branndais Agee
Pat Canning Coaches Award: Claire Hendrickson
Kim Archer Character Award: Lexi Gussert
Most Valuable Supporter: LouAnne Jefferson