Evanston, Illinois – Michigan State women’s basketball extended its fourth straight win Monday night with a 71-64 win over Northwestern University at Welsh Ryan Arena.
Sparta improved to 10-5 overall and 2-2 against the Big Ten. It was MSU’s first win at Welsh Ryan since 2014. The Wildcats fall 6-7 overall and 0-3 in league action.
Michigan State posted double-digit numbers with three players whose sophomore guard scored 21 points. Matilda Ek, went 5 vs 8 from across the Ark.senior forward Taichi Park While graduating from the guard, he recorded two straight double-digit scoring games with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Kamalia McDaniel Added 13 points.Red Shirt Junior Guard/Forward Julia Hello It was a beast that led all players with 10 rebounds.
Northwestern University led by 12 points from Sidney Wood.
The Spartan offense had a slow start, starting 1-for-6 from the field. Parks broke his three-minute scoring deficit and at NU he built a 6-4 lead. The Wildcats continued their sharp shooting in the first quarter as MSU’s shooting problems lingered as NU went up to his 15-7. The Northwest took a 10-point lead in the first period.
Michigan won the first five points of the second quarter to tie the score at 20-20. Ekh said he brought his second stanza to life on three trays before the media timeout. The Spartans used his 7-0 run to put him up 35-27 and at the 2:52 mark of the second period he led to a NU timeout. Ekh finished the quarter, going 5-6 over the arc with 17 points as MSU outscored NU 28-12 in the period. MSU he led the first half 43-32.
In the third quarter, Northwestern went scoreless for over three minutes, with MSU going 6-0 with a 51-36 advantage. A yellow triple stopped the Spartans’ nearly three-minute scoring drought with less than five minutes left in the stanza as MSU took the biggest lead at 62–44. Ayrault helped MSU take the biggest lead in the 3rd quarter with him 6 points.
Northwestern won six of its first eight points in the fourth quarter to cut MSU’s lead to 64-55 at the 7:59 mark. sophomore forward Isarin Alexander Stopped the 6-0 NU run to re-establish a double-digit lead. The Spartans went over four minutes without a field goal as the Wildcats were back in the game. Northwestern beat Michigan State in that period, he went 15-9, but MSU was able to hold on to the win.
The Spartans remain on the road to face No. 13 Maryland on Saturday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m.
Michigan State Women’s Basketball Postgame Notes: at Northwestern
• As MSU improved to 10-5 overall and leveled their B1G record, Michigan State won four in a row, achieving a four-game winning streak this season and joining a six-game winning streak to start the season . at 2-2.
• MSU won in Evanston for the first time since February 27, 2014, and posted a five-game losing streak at Northwestern…Overall, Michigan State finished the series after winning their matchup in East Lansing last year. have won their last two matches. , and MSU are now leading his 46-29, the best series ever, as he cuts his NU lead to 20-18 in the game at Evanston.
• Spartan Grad Guard starting line-up Kamalia McDanielSophomore Guard/Forward Matilda EkGuard 2nd Year Didee HagemannSophomore Forward Isarin Alexander and redshirt-senior guard/forward Tory Osment It was the fourth straight game MSU started with these five men.
• MSU pulled away from a 25-25 tie with an 18-5 spurt early in the second stanza to open up a 43-30 lead. With 30 seconds remaining until half-time, Ekh’s 3-pointer gave him the biggest lead of the first half.
• The Spartans scored 28 points in the second quarter, making the score 20-15 at the end of the first frame to take a 43-32 lead at halftime.
• MSU’s 28 points in the 2nd quarter tied Sparta’s second-most points in the 2nd quarter, matching the 28 points in Game 5’s 2nd quarter vs. Florida A&M (11/17/22). Only 31 points followed. 2nd Quarter of Game 12 vs. Detroit Mercy (12/18/22).
• Michigan’s 71 points Monday marked the 12th game of the season for MSU to reach the 70-point plateau, where it improved to 10-2…under head coach Susie Merchant, the Spartans have won 180 of their last 212 games (.849) when scoring at least 70 points, and Monday was the 200th win under Coach Merchant to score 70 or more points, scoring at least 70 points. If earned, it is now 200-43 (.823). on the scoreboard.
• 3 players scored in double digits, 3 Spartans scored in double digits in the fifth game of the season, going 2-3.
• Michigan State ran out 10 3-pointers as a team Monday night, and the Spartans hit double-digit triples for the third time in their last four games.
• The Spartans had just 13 turnovers, the lowest in a Big Ten game this season, improving on their low mark of 15 miscues last time against Indiana (12/29/22).
• Boost by Senior Forward Taichi Park 17 points with senior guard Moira Joiners 7 points and redshirt junior guard Julia Hello By 6 points, MSU had a 30-to-19 bench scoring advantage… Spartans are now 10-2 when MSU bench tops opposition’s bench… Michigan State Reserve’s 30-point Monday marked his ninth game of the season with 30+ points bench scoring.
• Sophomore Guard/Forward Matilda Ek After going scoreless in the first quarter, scoring 17 of her season-high 21 points in the second quarter alone … Ekh’s 17 points in the second quarter averaged 12.0 a game entering Monday night. 5.0 more points than points … With 21 points, Ek posted his fourth consecutive double-figure scoring streak and his 10th double-digit scoring in 14 games this season. Points out of the season, 20 vs West Michigan (11/13/22) as MSU improved to 2-0 this season and Ekh improved to 5-1 in her career when she scored 20+ points. Joined, sixth in her career.
• Ekh finished the game 5-6 from 3-point range in the second quarter and 5-8 behind the arc … Five triples was one shy of her season. Pointers vs. West Michigan (11/13/22), her 6-tray in her third game of her career…
• Ekh won 4-4 from the free-throw line, making at least one successful attempt in the charity stripes in their third game of the season.
• Senior Forward Taichi Park After recording a season-high 18 points in MSU’s No. 4 Indiana upset (12/29/22), he scored 17 points off the bench to score in double figures for the second straight game … Parkes registered her fourth game of the season with 11 points in double figures in the first half alone, and her 27th career game with 10 or more points.
• Parks added 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block on Monday night and had 35 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block in the final two games…starting the first 9 games of the season. Later, Parks scored 60 points in the nine games she scored, averaging 6.7 points compared to her benching in her last five games, scoring 48 points in those five contests and averaging 6.7 points per game. I got an average of 9.6 points.
Alumni Guard Kamalia McDaniel Scoring double figures for the third straight game with 13 points on Monday night, the 11th time in 15 games this season… McDaniel ran out two 3-pointers and scored his second multi-pointer. Marked 3 Pointer Game. His last three games were part of his fifth game of the season, with more than one triple for him, and all five were in his last eight games.
Redshirt junior guard Julia Hello He had a season-high 10 rebounds, surpassing the previous board’s top mark of the season with nine. First at Ohio State (12/11/22) and most recently at vs. Prairie View A&M (12/20/22) he has done twice. …Aero also scored six points, all of which he earned by hitting two of his 3-pointers, his second most this season and his second record for multiple triples. , season-best Three Rays vs. Detroit Mercy (12/18)/22).
• 2nd Grade Security Guard Didee Hagemann Distributed 6 assists, recorded 6 or more helpers in 3 consecutive games against Prairie View A&M (12/20/22), and had a season-high 8 assists against Indiana (12/29/22) … 5 assists or more in Hagemann’s 5th game, with 3 or more helpers in 12 of 15 games.