Oct. 31, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team will hit the Breslin Center floor on Sunday for the annual Green & White game. The Spartans will square off against their scout team as MSU fans have the opportunity to get a sneak peak at this season's squad. The game tips at 1 p.m. and admission is free.
Michigan State was picked to finish third in the Big Ten Conference by both the coaches and media at last Sunday's Big Ten Basketball Media Day. The Spartans are the only team in the Big Ten to return all five starters, and also welcome back 2006-07 starter Aisha Jefferson, who missed last season due to a torn ACL. From last season's team, 83.1-percent of the scoring is back, as MSU and Indiana are the only two Big Ten schools to have its top-four scorers in uniform for 2008-09. Also, Michigan State has 90.7% of its rebounding and 97.6% of its blocks from last season back, both leading the league.
Highlighting the returning Spartans is Preseason All-Big Ten selection Allysssa DeHaan. The 6-9 junior center, led the team in scoring and rebounding last season, while also setting a new school and conference single-season record with 150 blocks. Already the program's career block leader, DeHaan is 89 blocks away from the all-time Big Ten mark. She also had another milestone well within her reach, sitting 58 points shy of 1,000 in her career.
Sophomores Brittney Thomas and Kalisha Keane were key cogs to last season's success, both being named honorable mention All-Big Ten choices and to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Thomas led the team in assists and minutes, while Keane was second on the team behind DeHaan in points and rebounds, and paced the team in steals.
Prior to the regular season opener, the Spartans will play two exhibition games at Breslin Center, hosting Saginaw Valley State on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. and Grand Valley State on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m.