Michigan State women’s basketball player Mardrekia Cook knew her gut feeling was not good. Last February, Cook was practicing when she felt a sharp pain in her right leg and foot, and she immediately thought something was wrong – again.
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As the college basketball season kicked off this week with the first official practices, Michigan State women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant met with media just before the first practice to answer a few questions previewing the season. Here is the transcript of her press conference, with minor edits for clarity.
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Michigan State women’s basketball began preparing for the 2020-21 season with the first official practice of the season, Wednesday. Prior to practice, 14th-year head coach Suzy Merchant spoke to the media about this year’s Spartan squad via Zoom.
When Mardrekia Cook went down with a season-ending Achilles tendon tear during a practice in late January, Suzy Merchant feared that might be it. It marked the latest injury to impact Cook during her college career, with a season-ending ACL tear as a sophomore being among the ailments that have limited her time on the court. And Merchant thought that Achilles’ tear could result in Cook’s career-ending but Cook vowed then to return to the court.
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“A lot of people were telling to go far (away) and there isn’t anything in the Big Ten,” Hagemann said. “But I want to change the Big Ten around and bring home a national championship … I feel like I’m a changer. I’m going to switch it up. I just want to bring home a national championship because Michigan has been so good to me.”
Suzy Merchant and the Michigan State women’s basketball program have landed one of the nation’s top players in the 2021 class. Detroit Edison point guard Damiya Hagemann, a five-star prospect, announced in a video on her Twitter account Friday her commitment to the Spartans.
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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.
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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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