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MSU Women’s Basketball: BTT Game 1 Recap, Quarterfinals Preview

The Spartans downed Penn State yesterday and face Indiana this evening

Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament - Michigan State v Penn State Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

The Michigan State Spartans had four players hit double figures in yesterday’s win over the 10th-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions as the MSU women advanced after a 75-66 win in round two. The Spartans opened a two-game win streak with the victory and moved to 14-7 on the season overall.

The Lady Lions opened up the game on a tear with three-straight makes from deep to jump out to a 9-5 lead over MSU. Overall, Penn State shot 45 percent in the first quarter and led 24-18 at the end of the first 10 minutes.

The Spartans opened the second quarter with an 8-0 run and trailed 32-31 as they kept PSU scoreless for over three minutes. Nia Clouden tied the game at 35 with a minute left and neither team scored again through the end of the final minute to head into the locker room.

Michigan State came out of the locker room in the third period to seize a brief 37-35 lead. The Lady Lions went on a 10-0, though, and forced the Spartans to play catch up again. Back to back three-pointers by Moira Joiner and Alyza Winston finally put a halt to the PSU run and the Spartans ended the period with an 8-0 run of their own. MSU ended the period up narrowly 56-52.

Then in the fourth quarter the Green and White’s superior talent finally emerged to put the game away. Michigan State scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, 15 of which came from Clouden and Winston. MSU also went 7-for-10 from the free throw line to help seal the win.

MSU’s sophomore class came up big in this one, scoring 46 of the team’s 72 total points. Winston finished with 23 to lead the Spartans, while also grabbing a career-high seven boards. Moira Joiner added 13 points, and Taiyier Parks scored 10 as well for the sophomores.

Clouden was second on the team in scoring with 18 points, while also dishing four assists and grabbing seven boards. Clouden also moved up to 15th place on the MSU career scoring list with 1,211 career points. She moved past Taryn McCutcheon and Kristin Haynie.

Suzy Merchant Post-Game Remarks

Nia Clouden Post-Game Remarks

Alyza Winston Post-Game Remarks

The Spartans face off against No. 2 seed Indiana tonight at 6:30 p.m. EST on FS2. Michigan State faced Indiana in Bloomington as the first game up following a COVID-19 pause by the team back on Jan. 24. MSU fell by 12 points in the end, but kept it close throughout the first three quarters.

Unlike last game, senior Jaelynn Penn will not be participating for Indiana. The senior opted out of the rest of the year back on Feb. 7. She scored 13 points against MSU, fourth most on the team, across 35 minutes of action.

Michigan State would be a lock on an NCAA Tournament bid with a win, but with a loss the Spartans are more likely going to earn an auto-bid to the NIT.