4 days ago

Michigan State women’s basketball senior guard Tori Jankoska was named Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Region, announced by the WBCA on Thursday. Jankoska was one of 12 players earning Region Four accolades and is now eligible for WBCA All-American honors.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

1 week ago

When Aerial Powers announced last April she was skipping her senior season at Michigan State to enter the WNBA draft, the Spartans knew they had talent coming back. But it wasn’t going to be easy to replace the nearly 22 points per game Powers averaged her sophomore and junior seasons.

Source: Detroit News

1 week ago

Tori Jankoska led the way with 26 points, but in the end it would not be enough as ninth-seeded Michigan State fell to No. 8 Arizona State by a final score of 73-61 on Friday night.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

1 week ago

1 week ago

Michigan State women’s basketball arrived in Columbia, S.C. on Wednesday, March 16 for the First and Second Rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Tournament. On Thursday, March 17 the Spartans had media availability and held a 90-minute practice at the Colonial Life Arena on the campus of South Carolina, in preparation of Friday’s First Round game vs. No. 8 Arizona State.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

1 week ago

Being in the NCAA Tournament, that’s a familiar feeling for Suzy Merchant.Being at home for 24 consecutive days — and during a season, no less — well, that was different. And difficult.“It wasn’t easy,” Merchant said earlier this week, moments after arriving in Columbia, South Carolina, for Friday’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Arizona State. “It was a long 24 days.

Source: Detroit News

2 weeks ago

Suzy Merchant has pep in her step and a twinkle in her eye — a far cry from two stretches earlier this season for the Michigan State coach. Merchant fainted and collapsed onto the court during a home game, missing only the following contest, and was out for a six-game leave after another scare on the road.

Source: USA Today

2 weeks ago

Michigan State women’s basketball drew the ninth seed in the Stockton Region and will face eight-seeded Arizona State on Friday, March 17 in a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tip-off in Colonial Life Arena on the campus of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Friday’s first-round clash between the Spartans and Sun Devils will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

2 weeks ago

Michigan State women’s basketball drew the ninth seed in the Stockton Region and will face eight-seeded Arizona State on Friday, March 17 in a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tip-off in Colonial Life Arena on the campus of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. Fridays first-round clash between the Spartans and Sun Devils will be nationally televised on ESPN2.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

2 weeks ago

The journey wasn’t completely smoothBut the end season destination remains the same for the Michigan State women’s basketball team.A season that featured a near-month long absence of their leader and where plenty of underclassmen made contributions will continue this week in the NCAA tournament for the Spartans.

Source: Detroit Free Press

2 weeks ago

Final Episode: In this edition see highlights from Spartans 19- point deficit comeback to defeat Penn State on senior night, as well as coach Suzy Merchant emotional speech to senior Tori Jankoska. Also a deeper look into Spartans Big Ten Tournament run.

3 weeks ago

Michigan State women’s basketball honored the 2016-17 season at its annual banquet on Tuesday night, March 7, at the Breslin Center. Eight different MSU players were recognized, while senior guard Tori Jankoska was named the Player of the Year.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

3 weeks ago

The end of Michigan State’s Big Ten tournament run may be its loudest statement moving into the NCAA tournament. The Spartans scored 89 points in Saturday’s semifinal — and still lost by 11 to No. 4-ranked Maryland — but producing that total in their third game in three days was impressive. Only one team all season scored more than that against the Terps (and it wasn’t flawless Connecticut, which topped out at 87 in its win over Maryland.)

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 weeks ago

Michigan State women’s basketball run in the Big Ten Tournament came to an end on Saturday night when the Spartans fell to No. 4 Maryland, 100-89, in the semifinals, Mar. 4.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

3 weeks ago

Michigan State met up with No. 3 seed Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals on Friday night in Indianapolis, Ind. and came away with a 74-64 victory over the Wolverines. The victory was the second win for MSU over UM this season and it puts the Spartans in the semifinals against No. 2 seed Maryland on Saturday at approximately 6:15 pm in the second semifinal of the day at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

3 weeks ago

If Michigan State makes the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Spartans will have a freshman point guard running the show in Taryn McCutcheon. And, Michigan State senior All-Big Ten first-team guard Tori Jankoska feels confident with McCutcheon’s ability.

Source: Detroit News

3 weeks ago

Double-figure scoring by four different Spartans lifted Michigan State over Wisconsin 70-63 in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night. Senior Tori Jankoska led all scorers with 22 points, her 19th game this season with 20 or more points. Taya Reimer knocked down her third double-double of the season with 12 points and season-high 12 rebounds. Redshirt senior Branndais Agee added 14 points, and freshman Taryn McCutcheon contributed 10.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

Jankoska rallies Spartan women, Michigan next Detroit News
Tori Jankoska showed why she is Michigan State’s all-time leading scorer Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, sparking a second-half comeback to help the No. 6 seeded Spartans to a 70-63 victory over No. 11 seed Wisconsin in a Big Ten tournament second-round game.

MSU downs Wisconsin, earns date and rematch with rival Wolverines State News
A jumper from senior guard Tori Jankoska 3:13 left in the third quarter was ultimately the night’s biggest play for the MSU women’s basketball team, who took on No. 11 seed Wisconsin Thursday night in its first game of the Big Ten Tournament.

MSU awakens, rallies past Wisconsin in Big Ten tourney; Michigan next Detroit Free Press
When Michigan State got to halftime Thursday night in the Big Ten tournament down by seven, MSU coach Suzy Merchant knew change was essential. Her team was getting dominated in the paint by Wisconsin, the offense was sluggish and her star, Tori Jankoska, looked off through the entire half. Merchant knocked down the issues one by one, with the last one — getting Jankoska going — being the most critical.

3 weeks ago

After a long hard season, the time has come and the bracket has been set. That’s right, it’s Big Ten tournament time! After an up and down season with records of 19-10 overall and 9-7 in the conference, the Michigan State Spartans have earned the six seed in the tournament. They had a bye in the opening round and begin play today. With the tournament approaching, let’s look at the possible road the Spartans might have to take to reach the championship.

Source: Impact Sports

4 weeks ago

Michigan State opens action in its 24th Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face the winner of the first-round game between No. 11-seeded Wisconsin and No. 14-seeded Rutgers. The Badgers and the Scarlet Knights will meet on Wednesday, March 1, 25 minutes after the conclusion of the game between No. 12-seeded Illinois and No. 13-seeded Nebraska at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

4 weeks ago

Tori Jankoska will be known as one of the best women’s basketball players to wear a Michigan State uniform. Jankoska, a 5-foot-8 senior guard, is the Spartans’ all-time scoring leader, also owning the top spot in 3-pointers, but she wants to be known for her all-around game, a reason she was proud of the night she had a triple-double (24 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) in a 85-69 win over Minnesota Feb. 16 at Breslin Center.

Source: Detroit News

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