The No. 19/18 Michigan State women's basketball team will play its fourth consecutive game on the road when it faces Delaware State Monday night (Nov. 26) in Dover, Del. The Spartans head to Delaware with a 4-1 record after winning both of their games in the Caribbean Challenge last week in Cancun, Mexico. Michigan State defeated Northern Illinois in game one, 67-40, and topped Kansas State in game two, 68-65.
Delaware State enters the contest with a 2-2 record. The Lady Hornets, who also participated in the Preseason WNIT, lost to rival Delaware in the first round on the road, 54-47. In the consolation round of the tournament, DSU lost to East Tennessee State in overtime, 75-72, but turned around and beat Princeton in overtime the next day, 63-62. In its last game on Nov. 20, Delaware State beat St. Peter's College at home, 72-57.
This marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools, although Delaware State did make an appearance in East Lansing last year - for the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Hornets, champions of the 2007 MEAC Tournament, earned a No. 15 seed and batted second-seeded Vanderbilt in the first round before losing, 62-47. DSU finished the year with a 20-13 overall record.
It's another first for Delaware State on Monday night as it hosts a nationally-ranked team for the first time in school history. The Spartans were ranked 19th in last week's Associated Press Poll and 18th in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll.
Michigan State returns home to host Clemson Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.