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Friday, February 21, 2014


The Michigan State Women's Basketball team won their 10th B1G game of the season last night, beating Wisconsin 76-66. This marks the 12th season in a row that the Spartans have won at least 10 league games, the longest active streak in the conference. They have had 13 consecutive winning seasons.

MSU remains in second place, tied with Nebraska, but they can finish the season atop the league standings if the following events happen:

  1. Michigan State must win its final three games, two of which are at home, and all three of which are against teams ranked 7-8-9 in the conference right now.
  2. Nebraska must beat Penn State on Monday, or the Nittany Lions must lose their season finale to Michigan. Nebraska was the pre-season favorite to win the league, and the Cornhuskers are ranked #17 in the nation with a 20-5 record. That game will be played in Lincoln.

The Spartans are led by Seniors and Freshmen, with a collection of key contributors in the Junior class. Six players scored in double-digits against the Badgers.

The game was close until the final minute, as Wisconsin stayed within 10 points all game long. But MSU took a lead into the final five minutes and won, making them 98-1 finishing games successfully while defending a lead. The Spartans have won 49 games in a row when leading with five minutes to play.

Some other notes about Suzy Merchant's ballclub:

  • MSU is 72-5 under Merchant when scoring at least 70 points.
  • MSU's six road Big Ten wins this season ties for the most in Merchant's seven seasons. MSU is now 37-21 in her tenure in road conference games.
  • The Spartans improved to 37-12 in February in Merchant's seven seasons.
  • MSU is 16-0 this season when shooting more free throws than its opponent. They are also 14-0 when attempting at least 18 free throws.

Michigan State returns to action on Monday night when they host Minnesota at the Breslin Center.

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