EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s basketball team knocked off Robert Morris 68-35 on Sunday at Breslin Center, to begin the season 5-0 for the fifth time in program history. Senior Jasmine Thomas continued her excellent final season, leading the Spartans with 14 points, eight assists and five steals.
Michigan State opened with the game’s first seven points, and 15 of the first 17, and never trailed. The Spartans held the Colonials to 13.6% (3-for-22) from the field in the first half, en route to a 30-12 edge at the break.
Robert Morris scored the first basket in the second half, but MSU followed with 13 unanswered points to open up a 43-14 lead with 14 minutes left. The Spartans lead grew to as much as 35 late in the game, before closing with a 68-35 victory.
Thomas was 6-for-7 from the field en route to her 14 points, while committing only two turnovers to her season-high eight assists. Junior Annalise Pickrel added 11 points, knocking down 3-of-6 from behind the arc, while senior Courtney Schiffauer had a season-high 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.
The Spartan defense forced 21 turnovers, and held the Colonials to 25.5% shooting from the field and 15.4% (2-for-13) from behind the arc. MSU also had a 46-to-26 edge on the glass.
The Spartans hit the road on Thursday to face NC State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.com.