Michigan State-Michigan Postgame Notes

March 7, 2014

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  • The Spartans improve to 4-0 vs. Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament
  • Michigan State leads the series with Michigan 64-16 and has won 23 of last 25 meetings.
  • Both meetings with Michigan this season were decided by seven points or less.
  • Down by as many as 14 points in the first half, the Spartans closed with a 15-4 run to trail by just three at the break (31-28).
  • The 14-point comeback in the game marks MSU's biggest deficit in a win this season. It is the first win for the Spartans this season when trailing with five minutes left (1-8).
  • The Spartans are 121-11 under head coach Suzy Merchant when holding teams to 60 points or less.
  • Senior F Annalise Pickrel (12) and junior F Becca Mills (9) combined for 21 of Michigan State's 28 first-half points.
  • Pickrel (18), Mills (11) and freshman G Tori Jankoska scored 43 of the Spartans' 61 points.
  • Michigan State went up 59-58 on a layup from Jankoska with 1:15 to play, its first lead of the game since the 18-minute mark.
  • Michigan State's largest lead of the game came on its final basket with :31 to play.
  • The Spartans shot 52.2 percent (12-23) in the second half from the field but made just eight of their 15 free throw attempts (53.3 percent).


  • Freshman G Siera Thompson recorded a three-point basket in her 31st-consecutive game, going 1-of-2 from behind the arc tonight.
  • Thompson finished with 16 points, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. It was her fifth perfect night at the line this season when attempting six or more free throws.
  • Sophomore G Madison Ristovski's 18 points were a season high against Big Ten competition this season.
  • All six Wolverines that saw action in the game scored.
  • Just one of Michigan's 15 first-half rebounds came on the offensive glass. They finished with 26 rebounds, six offensive. The 26 rebounds matches its season low.
  • The Wolverines were without the services of junior guard Nicole Elmblad for most of the final 10 minutes after she picked up her fourth foul with 9:27 to play.
  • Elmblad led the team in rebounding with eight despite playing just 29 minutes.
  • Michigan held MSU's leading scorer Aerial Powers to just three points, just the second time this year she has been held to less than four points.
  • The Wolverines did not record a field goal for the final 7:07 of the game.