Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

No 4 Michigan State falls to unranked Michigan

No 4 Michigan State falls to unranked Michigan

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Maryland drops to 15-3 and takes its first loss in Big Ten play (4-1). Junior forward Brianna Fraser scored a team-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting and had eight rebounds before she fouled out in the fourth quarter, and forward Stephanie Jones had 12 points and nine rebounds. It wasn't enough to prevent the Wolverines from suffering their first home loss of the season.

Last Sunday, Sparty lost by 16 to Ohio State in only their second game in conference play. Averaging 13.8 points, she was particularly risky from the perimeter, where she led the team with 63 three-pointers in 17 games and shot 44.1 percent from beyond the arc. This is the only meeting between the teams in this regular season.

While Izzo has consistently harped on how much Bridges has improved his game this season, particularly on defense and playmaking for his teammates, the Hall of Fame coach said he wants to see Bridges be more aggressive in regards to him creating plays for himself. His evaluation was Michigan State "failed miserably on that". Then came the rally, capped by a go-ahead Sanders jumper to give the Scarlet Knights their first lead of the game, 59-58, with 1:01 to go.

As the Terrapins rose for the national anthem against Michigan State, sophomore guard Blair Watson stood in her black warm-up suit, leaning on a crutch. Bridges finished with just 11 points, but all five Michigan State starters finished in double-figures.

How can I listen to Michigan-Michigan State on the radio? Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius/XM and Internet 84.

The two teams share one thing in common: a road loss at Ohio State. The Spartans are done with Ohio State and Michigan State the rest of the regular season and they'll face Purdue only once at home on February 6. Despite being ranked eighth in the Big Ten, they pulled out the impressive win in College Park.

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Wagner, who was jeered by the fans before it was clear MI was going to win, celebrated the victory by shouting with joy and bouncing around the court.

But Michigan State's 3-point defense will be tested by a Michigan team that has hit 174 deep balls this year, more than any other team in the Big Ten.

The good news for Michigan State is that this year's mediocre Big Ten will offer plenty of opportunities for victories. Michigan scored 26 points off Michigan State's 18 turnovers.

"He has to be more selfish", Izzo said. Improbably, it's the Boilermakers who appear to be the league's best team at the moment, while the Spartans are just trying to avoid being overtaken by the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Sophomore Kaila Charles led the game with 11 rebounds. The Spartans (13-5, 3-2) shot 45 percent from the floor and were led by the fiery 5-foot-5 guard Taryn McCutcheon, who posted a career-high 25 points.

That'll be an enormous challenge today, though, as he'll be going up against an MSU frontcourt that consists of 6-8 sophomore Nick Ward and 6-11 freshman Jaren Jackson.

Nick Ward continues to impress Tom Izzo.

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