The MSU women’s basketball team will be trying for the best start to a season in school history when they take on Oakland at the O’Rena in Rochester tonight.
Follow along here as the Spartans attempt to make history. MSU has currently matched the best start in school history with the 1999-2000 team, which went 7-0 before suffering a loss to Notre Dame in their eighth game.
Oakland features a pair of East Lansing products on their team in juniors Zakiya Minifee and Victoria Lipscomb. That makes tonight a second straight reunion game for MSU junior guard and leading scorer Klarissa Bell. Bell faced East Lansing High School teammate Sami Tucker against Milwaukee on Saturday.
Here’s the tipoff that has the information for tonight’s game.
Starting for MSU: Jasmine Thomas, Klarissa Bell, Annalise Pickrel, Courtney Schiffauer, Becca Mills
Starters for Oakland: Elena Popkey, Zakiya Minifee, Victoria Lipscomb, Elizabeth Hamlet, Olivia Nash
6:37: MSU 2, Oakland 0: Jasmine Thomas opens the scoring with a jumper.
6:38: MSU 2, Oakland 2: Popkey makes layup. 17:33 left
6:40: MSU 7, Oakland 2: Grizzlies call timeout with 16:15 remaining after Pickrel hits a 3.
6:44: MSU 9, Oakland 5: MSU leads at media timeout with 14:01 left. Pickrel with 5 early points for the Spartans.
6:52: MSU 17, Oakland 12: Oakland staying in this. Lipscomb just hit a jumper.
6:55: MSU 17, Oakland 12: We’re at media timeout with 9:34 left. Pickrel has 5 points, Thomas, Bell and Jasmine Hines each have scored 4 for the Spartans. Popkey leads Oakland with 4 points.
7:00: MSU 19, Oakland 14: Bell up to 6 points for the Spartans, but Schiffauer just picked up her second foul
7:03: MSU 26, Oakland 14: Grizzlies call timeout. Spartans have scored seven straight, including a 3 by Pickrel that pushed lead to double figures for the first time. Mills had a rebound putback and Thomas made a jumper. 5:19 left in 1st half.
7:07: MSU 30, Oakland 16: Popkey hits a layup to end an 11-0 spartan run. 2:54 left in 1st half.
7:09: MSU 30, Oakland 16: We’re at media timeout with 2:13 left in 1st half. Pickrel has 8 points to lead all scorers. Popkey has 6 for Oakland, which is 7 of 26 from the field. MSU is 14 of 29.
7:11: MSU 30, Oakland 20: Grizzlies have scored 6 straight to cut the lead to 10 with just under a minute left in the half.
7:14: MSU 32, Oakland 20: It’s halftime. Pickrel hit a jumper on an out of bounds play just as time expired for the Spartans. Bell had 6 points and 7 rebounds. She leads all scorers with 10 points. Lipscomb had 4 points in 1st half on 2 of 2 shooting for the Grizzlies.
7:29: MSU 32, Oakland 20: Second half getting ready to start.
7:30: MSU 32, Oakland 22: Lipscomb hits a jumper and then Schiffauer gets called for her third foul
7:32: MSU 38, Oakland 22: Spartans have now scored 6 straight capped by a Mills baseline jumper that gets a friendly roll. Mills, Thomas and Bell each have 8 points.
7:37: MSU 41, Oakland 27: We’re at the media timeout with 15:55 left. E. Hamlet just hit a shot as she was fouled. Bell has 11 points and a season-high 8 rebounds.
7:41: MSU 45, Oakland 33: 14:00 left and Lipscomb has scored the last 5 points for Oakland. She’s up to 11 and is 5 of 5 from the floor.
7:46: MSU 49, Oakland 33: Pickrel has 12 points, Bell has 11 and Thomas is now up to10 for the Spartans, who are shooting 52.3 percent.
7:51: MSU 56, Oakland 36: 7:50 left and MSU’s lead is back up to 20 after a bucket by Mills.
7:52: MSU 56, Oakland 36: Bell has 13 points and 8 rebounds at media timeout with 7:31 remaining. Attendance was just announced here and its a record crowd of 2,635 for a women’s basketball game here at the O’rena.
7:57: MSU 63, Oakland 38: Spartans lead up to 25 after a 3 by Schiffauer. 4:56 left.
8:02: MSU 68, Oakland 38: We’re at the final media timeout with 3:16 left. Bell has 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and Pickrel has scored 14.
8:10: MSU 75, Oakland 43: It’s a final. Spartans officially are off to best start in school history with the win. Bell leads the way with 16 points and nine rebounds.