The Michigan State Spartan women will face the Detroit Mercy Titans tonight in East Lansing for their second game of the season. MSU enters the game 1-0 after a big win over the St. Francis Red Flash, while the Titans are 0-2 after losses to Xavier and Indiana State. The game is at 7 p.m. EST and will stream on BTN+ (subscription service). You can also stream radio for the game here.
Through their first two games, Detroit Mercy is led by Kaela Webb, who is averaging 19.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Markyia Mccormick is in double-digits as well with 17.0 points per game while also averaging 4.0 rebounds. The Titans are averaging 76 points per game while their opponents have been averaging 82.5.
Titans head coach AnnMarie Gilbert spent five seasons (2002-07) as an assistant coach at Michigan State. During her time with the Spartans, she worked as the the recruiting coordinator from 2005-07. The Spartans went 120-44 during that timespan, and featured five NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons, earned one Big Ten title, one Big Ten tournament title, and had an NCAA Final Four and national championship game appearance in 2005. She was an assistant coach during the playing time of current MSU assistant coach Kristin Haynie.
Michigan Sate is 22-7 all-time versus Detroit Mercy, and is currently riding a 17-game win streak. Last season MSU won 110-52, featuring the first time in the series any team had eclipsed 100 points and the 58-point margin of victory was the largest in series history. Detroit Mercy last beat the Spartan in 1994 in a 75-70 victory played in Puerto Rico.
The Big Ten features a nation’s best five teams in the AP Top-25 this week, with two other teams receiving votes. MSU’s Kendall Bostic was one of four freshman in the opening week to score double-digits in her first career game. Bostic matched Rutgers’ Diamon Johnson’s performance of 15 points in their season opening games on Friday.