EAST LANSING, Mich. – As part of the Game of Change Weekend, the Michigan State women’s basketball team returned to Jenison Field House for the first time since 1989 on Sunday. The Spartans improved to 9-1 with a 64-36 victory over IPFW.
Junior Annalise Pickrel led MSU in scoring for the first time in her career, posting 15 points and a career-high seven rebounds, while sophomore Becca Mills added 13 points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Senior Courtney Schiffauer posted her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Kiana Johnson, in her first game back, dished out a game-high six assists and grabbed three steals off the bench.
The Spartans dominated the first half, taking a 40-11 lead into intermission. MSU scored the first six points of the game, but the Mastodons held close, 8-4 with 13:58 to go in the first. Michigan State responded with a 19-0 run over the next 5:41 to blow the game open. After a Rachel Mauk layup stopped the streak, the Spartans ran off nine more points in a row to go up 36-7 with 3:10 to go.
Michigan State began the second half with first seven points to open a 47-11 lead and eventually opened its largest lead of the afternoon at 53-15 with 10:52 to go. IPFW slowly cut away at the deficit but the Spartans closed out with a 64-36 victory.
The Spartan defense held IPFW to 28.3% shooting from the field, including 18.8% (3-for-16) from behind the arc. MSU forced 22 turnovers and held a 25-2 advantage in points off turnovers. The Spartans outrebounded the Mastodons 47-30, including a season-high 21 offensive boards.
The Spartans hit the road tomorrow, traveling to Las Vegas, Nev. for the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic. MSU will face Oregon State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. and Texas Tech on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.