Nov. 3, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team hosts Grand Valley State on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Breslin Center in its final exhibition game. The Spartans defeated Saginaw Valley State 74-35 on Thursday.
Senior Jasmine Thomas began the year on the high note, scoring 16 points, and adding seven rebounds, six assists and four steals, the last two which were also game highs. Sophomores Jasmine Hines (14 points, nine rebounds) and Becca Mills (13 points, eight rebounds) also scored in double-figures on the night, while senior Courtney Schiffauer, and juniors Klarissa Bell and Annalise Pickrel chipped in nine points apiece. Schiffauer led MSU on the glass with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.
The Spartans were tough on the defense end, holding SVSU to 22.2% shooting, including 15.8% (3-for-19) from behind the arc. MSU also forced 20 turnovers and held a 52-41 edge on the boards.
Michigan State is coming off its 11th straight postseason appearance and ninth consecutive 20-win season. The Spartans went 20-11 overall and finished in a tie for second in the Big Ten at 11-5 last season. MSU earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row, but fell in the first round to No. 19 Louisville.
Grand Valley State was picked third in the GLIAC Preseason Poll, while Alex Stelfox and Lauren Stodola were named to the North Division Preseason All-GLIAC team. The Lakers finished 10-16 last season, but return 10 letterwinners.
Last season, Michigan State topped GVSU, 75-23 in an exhibition game. Becca Mills led the Spartans with 17 points. The Spartan defense held GVSU to 10.4 % (5-for-48) shooting and 10.5% (2-for-19) from behind the arc, while forcing 24 turnovers.