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Michigan State Spartans’ Women’s Basketball Splits Their Two Games at the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic

December 20th, 2013 at 6:00 PM
By MacK Lester

This week the Michigan State women’s basketball team traveled down to San Juan, Puerto Rico to take part in the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic. In their first game yesterday afternoon, the Spartans fell to the 13th ranked Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 63-57.

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The Spartans started rocky, letting OSU run the first few minutes with a 7-2 run. MSU then went on a 20-0 scoring run for the next 10 minutes, letting their defense dominate the undefeated Cowgirls, leading by 15 with a little more than six minutes left in the half. Oklahoma State then rallied and went on their own scoring run of 14-2. Spartans went into the half with a three point lead.

After a few minutes into the second half, the Spartans were starting to pull away, leading by as much as eight points with 10:25 left in the game. The Cowgirls however would not let up, going on a 9-1 run in two minutes to tie it up at 46, then pulling away with the lead and never giving it back. Oklahoma State crashed the boards much harder in the second half, pulling away with 47 team rebounds for the game. After giving the Cowgirls a nine point cushion, near the end of the game, Spartan Kiana Johnson’s last second three pointer could only decrease the deficit in the loss.

Senior forward Annalise Pickrel led the Spartans in scoring with 15. She went 2-6 behind the arch and 5-6 at the free-throw line. She also notched seven total rebounds.

While OSU stays perfect at 9-0, the 6-5 Spartans stayed to play Georgetown University this afternoon. For their last game in the event, the Spartans were able to come together and pull out a 67-54 win over the Hoyas.

The Spartans started hot with an 8-0 run in the first two and a half minutes. Throughout the rest of the first half, MSU was slowly letting Georgetown creep back into the game, even giving up the lead with six minutes left in the half. The Spartans didn’t let up, finishing the first half with a 14-6 scoring run in the final five minutes.

Starting out the second half, the Hoyas again crept back near the lead, but Michigan State wouldn’t give up another lead. They kept their scoring cushion for the rest of the game, finishing 67-54. Freshman guard Aerial Powers led the team in scoring with 14, followed closely by Klarissa Bell who notched 13.

Defense was the name of the game for MSU as they held the Hoyas to 31.7% shooting, 21.4% from behind the arch. The Spartans also forced 15 turnovers. Both teams were eve on the boards with 37 team rebounds each.

While Georgetown falls to 6-4 for the year, the Spartans head home with a 7-5 record. Their next game will be at home on December 29th where they will host the Colgate University Raiders. 

Tags: Aerial Powers, Annalise Pickrel, Colgate University, Georgetown University, Klarissa Bell, Michigan State, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, NCAA, Oklahoma state Cowgirls

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