Michigan State head women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant announced Friday that Janai Crooms will join the Spartans for the 2020-21 season. Crooms comes to Michigan State after two successful seasons at Ohio State.
Most of the country is stuck at home right now, as orders continue due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t finding alternative activities. Former Michigan State All-American Aerial Powers, now part of the 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics, has continued her competitive spirit during the pandemic.
Suzy Merchant has received commitments from some high school recruits as of late, providing reinforcement and excitement for the future. Class of 2021 center Isaline Alexander committed to Michigan State on Monday via her mother’s Twitter. Guard Abbey Kimball also committed on Friday via Twitter, joining guard Theryn Hallock for the class of 2022.
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Michigan State head women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant announced on Sunday the addition of Alisia Smith to the 2020-21 roster. Smith comes to MSU as a transfer from Penn State and is a native of Lansing, Michigan.
Abbey Kimball has verbally committed to Michigan State University. Kimball, a West Catholic sophomore basketball standout, made the announcement on Twitter Friday night.
Taryn McCutcheon’s career at Michigan State ended a week before the shutdown of college sports.Her preparation for Friday’s 2020 WNBA draft also is among the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But the time spent away from a life of intense training for this moment – McCutcheon signed with an agent last week with a pro future in front of her – has changed the 22-year-old’s perspective.
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Suzy Merchant has announced the addition of Matilda Ekh (pronounced Eck) to the 2020-21 roster. “We are thrilled to add Matilda to the Spartan family. She has played at the highest level of international basketball in Sweden and on the world stage. We love her versatility and ability to be a playmaker and scorer. Her basketball IQ is off the charts, and we can’t wait to have her put on a Spartan uniform,” Merchant said.
The distance from home held Jayla James back the first time around when she was making her college choice. It didn’t hold James back this time when coach Suzy Merchant and the Michigan State women’s basketball program came calling after she entered the transfer portal.
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Regardless of the history between McCallie and her old team, Duke was still the overwhelming favorite heading into the second round. Going off point averages alone, the Blue Devils (72.1 points per game) would’ve been spotted roughly nine points over the Spartans (63.5 points per game) in their East Lansing showdown.
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There are only two basketball players in Michigan State women’s basketball history to record at least 1,000 points and 500 assists. The first is Kristin Haynie, a star who went on to an incredible professional career and solidified herself as one of the greatest Spartans ever. The second is senior Taryn McCutcheon who made a great case to be included amongst the MSU greats.
Michigan State women’s basketball honored the 2019-20 season at its annual banquet on Tuesday night, March 10, at the Breslin Center. Six different Spartans players were honored, with senior Taryn McCutcheon and sophomore Nia Clouden sharing the Player of the Year award.
Hear from CoCo Gaines about her senior year at MSU, learn more about Kyle Ahrens and his family’s ties to basketball and watch highlights from Men’s Basketball’s senior night win to clinch a share of the Big Ten Championship.
Satchmo and DB look back at how Michigan State won its third-straight Big Ten basketball championship. And then they discuss what they’d like to see out of MSU in the B1G conference tournament and seed possibilities in the NCAA tournament. They also talk about Spartan hockey, women’s hoops and how the coronavirus could impact sports.
Despite two players grabbing double-doubles, the No. 8-seeded Michigan State women’s basketball’s comeback fell short against No. 9-seeded Purdue Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
For the first time as an eighth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, our Michigan State Spartans open the tournament today against ninth seed Purdue. This will be the third meeting between MSU and Purdue with both teams winning on the road. The Boilermakers won in East Lansing on January 30th, 76-66. The Spartans returned the favor in West Lafayette on February 20th, 65-63.
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Hear from Nia Hollie and Scott Piper about their paths to MSU, and watch highlights from Men’s Basketball’s win at Maryland on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Michigan State women’s basketball had two players named to the All-Big Ten teams Monday, as voted on by both the 14 league coaches and the media, and announced by the conference office. Sophomore guard Nia Clouden and senior guard Taryn McCutcheon were both named second-team All-Big Ten by the B1G coaches. Clouden was named second-team by the media, while McCutcheon grabbed honorable mention honors.
Michigan State women’s basketball will be the No. 8 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held Wednesday-Sunday, March 4-8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The No. 8-seeded Spartans (16-13, 9-9 B1G) will face No. 9-seeded Purdue in the second round on Thursday, March 5 at 12 p.m. ET.
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Senior guard Taryn McCutcheon celebrated Senior Day by becoming the Michigan State women’s basketball all-time assist leader, as the Spartans closed out the regular season with a dominating 99-80 win over Penn State on Sunday at the Breslin Center.
Michigan State women’s basketball concludes the regular season against Penn State on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. The Spartans will say goodbye to a quartet of seniors in Shay Colley, Victoria Gaines, Nia Hollie and Taryn McCutcheon in a postgame ceremony. It is also 4H Day at the Breslin Center on Sunday.