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Friday, January 29, 2016
SPARTAN WOMEN ROLL PURDUE, WOLVERINES FALL TO IOWA, RIVALRY GAME NEXT WEEK
The Michigan State Women's Basketball team beat Purdue 68-56 on Wednesday, improving to 15-4 on the season, and taking sole possession of third-place in the B1G. Purdue falls into fourth-place with the loss. The Spartans held a 26-point lead over the Boilermakers with four minutes to play before Coach Suzy Merchant pulled her starters and cleared the bench. MSU will travel to Wisconsin this weekend for a game against the 12th-place Badgers.
Michigan lost to Iowa on Thursday, 85-69, dropping to 3-6 in the league, 11-9 overall. The Wolverine women fall to 9th-place with the loss, while the Hawkeyes move into 8th-place. UM will host 4th-place Minnesota on Sunday.
The annual Rivalry Game between the Spartans and the Wolverines is five days away, rescheduled for Wednesday, February 3rd, after the MSU-Maryland game was rescheduled for Friday, February 5th. That game was originally scheduled for last weekend, but the major east-coast blizzard led to a pair of postponements.
Michigan has made post-season runs in the WNIT three times in the last five seasons, but their post-season plans are getting shaky as their season record hovers near .500, with five road games remaining, including two against ranked teams. Michigan State is ranked #18 in the country, and appears to be headed for the NCAA Tournament for what would be the seventh appearance in the last eight seasons. The Spartans would probably qualify for the Big Dance with five wins in their last ten games, but MSU is looking at the league title, as they are only a game-and-a-half out of First Place.
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