Women's Basketball Welcomes Stony Brook on Sunday
Spartans are going for their sixth straight 2-0 start.
Nov. 15, 2008
Michigan State Spartans (1-0) vs.
Stony Brook Seawolves (0-1)
Date: Sunday, Nov. 16
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Arena: Breslin Center
Radio: WVFN 730 AM - Rick Berkey (play-by-play)
Internet: Live Stats and Audio at www.msuspartans.com
In the season-opening 116-50 win over Niagara on Friday night, Michigan State broke program records in points scored (116) and margin of victory (66). The previous school records were 108 points scored against Georgetown in the 1990 season opener on Nov. 24, and 61 points margin of victory set on two occasions, most recently on Feb. 3, 2005 against Northwestern, 101-40 - the last time a Spartan team topped the 100-point mark. In the 35-year history of the program entering this season, MSU had topped the 100-point mark on nine occasions. In addition, the Breslin Center scoring record was broken, as Northwestern had scored 109 points in a double-overtime win over the Spartans on March 5, 1993.
In Season Openers
With its win on Friday night, Michigan State has now won its last 10 season openers - all at the Breslin Center. In those 10 games, MSU has averaged a 26.0 margin of victory. All-time, Spartans are 25-12 in season openers and are 30-7 in their home opener. Head coach Suzy Merchant has won her last eight season openers dating back to her time at Eastern Michigan.
About Stony Brook
Stony Brook lost its opener at home Friday night, 59-45 to Quinnipiac. Junior Kairsten Nunn led the Seawolves with 10 points. Classmate Sarah Kazadi had nine points and a team-best seven rebounds. Stony Brook was picked to finish ninth in the America East Conference after finishing last season 8-23.
Against the Seawolves
Michigan State and Stony Brook will face each other for the first time.
The Spartans were picked to finish third in the Big Ten this season by both the coaches and media in the preseason polls, released at Big Ten Basketball Media Day. MSU also received votes in both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches and AP polls.
Preseason Laurels for DeHaan
Junior center Allyssa DeHaan was one of five student-athletes selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team at this season's media day, joining Preseason Player of the Year Jantel Lavender of Ohio State, Jenna Smith of Illinois, Emily Fox of Minnesota and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton of Purdue.
DeHaan was also named to two national watch lists. She was one of 30 collegiate student-athletes to be named a candidate for the prestigious Women's Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year trophy. In addition, DeHaan was one of 25 student-athletes to be named to the 2008-09 preseason "Wade Watch" list. The list, released by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), highlights the preseason candidates for the State Farm Wade Trophy Division I Player of the Year. DeHaan and Lavender were the only two Big Ten student-athletes recognized.
Head Coach Suzy Merchant named redshirt senior Mia Johnson, redshirt junior Aisha Jefferson and junior Mandy Piechowski as the team's captains for the 2008-09 season. Johnson and Jefferson remain captains for the second-straight season.
DeHaan Approaching Milestones
Junior Allyssa DeHaan has the opportunity to set new milestones this season. She is 46 points away from becoming the program's 19th 1,000-point scorer, and also has a chance to become just the fifth MSU student-athlete with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds. Already the school's all-time block leader, DeHaan is only 85 blocks shy of the Big Ten career mark.