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Thursday, February 4, 2016
FIRST ROUND OF 2016 BASKETBALL RIVALRY SERIES GOES TO MICHIGAN STATE, 85-64
The Michigan State Women's Basketball team dusted-off Michigan last night in the Breslin Center, leading from wire-to-wire to win 85-64. The Spartans led by 20 points at half-time, and by 27 points after three quarters. MSU has won 21 of its last 25 games against UM.
This marks the biggest victory margin by the Spartans over the Wolverines in six years, since winning 52-27 in 2009. Its the second consecutive win by 20 or more points.
Suzy Merchant's team literally "shot the lights out", hitting 57% from the field, including 47% on three-pointers. MSU went to the line 19 times, and made all 19 free-throws. They held UM 15 points below their season scoring average.
Aerial Powers scored 27 points, giving her 82 points in the last three games. Brandy Agee had a career-high with 20, and Tori Jankoska added 16, including a pair of 25-foot swishes in the opening quarter. MSU out-rebounded UM by 15 boards.
The Spartan Women are now 17-4 on the season, 8-2 in the B1G. They are in Third-Place, just one game out of First-Place, with eight league games remaining.
Michigan State leads the all-time series
in Women's Basketball against Michigan, 67-18.
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