Spartans Lose Big Ten Tourney Opener

Michigan State's women's basketball team lost its opening game of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis Thursday to Purdue 72-63. The Spartans trailed 20-11 after one quarter and by 15 points at halftime. They cut the deficit to 61-55 in the final three minutes but could get no closer. Purdue advances to the second round to face top seed Maryland at noon on Friday. MSU's record falls to 16-4 including two losses in three games to the Boilermakers. MSU now awaits to see if it will land a WNIT tournament bid.

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