Follow here as the Michigan State women’s basketball team faces Iowa in the lone regular-season meeting between the teams this season. (6 p.m. Big Ten Network).Both are 2-1 in the Big Ten and receiving votes in this week’s Associated Press women’s basketball poll.
Here are tonight’s game matchups, and there also is a story on Courtney Schiffauer, who Spartan coach Suzy Merchant describes as the Bill Laimbeer of MSU women’s basketball.
Other interesting/notable things about tonight:
- Jasmine Hines has been the best offensive player for MSU in Big Ten play and is the lone Spartan to score in double-figures in every Big Ten game.
- Iowa coach Lisa Bluder is going for her 600th career victory. She would be the 25th coach with at least 10 years of Division I experience to reach the mark.
- Iowa sophomore reserve Kathy Thomas is a Flint native and attended Hamady High School. MSU senior Jasmine Thomas also attended Flint Hamady.
- Iowa’s Morgan Johnson, a preseason All-Big Ten selection, has five double-doubles this season and 17 for her career
The projected starters for both teams
G- Samantha Logic
G- Jaime Printy
G- Theairra Taylor
F- Bethany Doolittle
G – Jasmine Thomas
G – Klarissa Bell
F – Annalise Pickrel
F – Courtney Schiffauer
C – Becca Mills
6:02 – Iowa 2, MSU 0: Doolittle hits a 2 to open the scoring
6:04: Iowa 6, MSU 2: Mills has bucket for MSU but then Logic hits shot in paint and Doolittle makes jumper
6:05: Iowa 8, MSU 2: Doolittle with another jumper.She’s killing MSU right now.
6:07 – Iowa 8, MSU 4: We’re at media timeout with 15:45 left in 1st half and the Spartans trail. Bell just hit a driving layup as she was fouled and is heading to the line. MSU 2-6 from the field early, while Iowa is 4-6. Doolittle with 6 points and has made all 3 of her jump shots.
6:10 – Iowa 8, MSU 5: Bell converted the 3-point play
6:12 – Iowa 8, MSU 5: Spartans just 2-11 from field after missed inside shot by Bell
6:16 – Iowa 10, MSU 7: We’re at the media time
out at the 11:26 mark. Bell has 5 points for the Spartans, who are 3-14 from the field. Iowa is 5-13. Akyah Taylor has also checked into the game for the Spartans. She hasn’t played since MSU’s win over Minnesota.
6:21 – Iowa 12, MSU 9: We’re in a delay while the officials sort some things out. Iowa’s Kayla Timmerman has been hit with a technical.
6:22: Iowa 12, MSU 11: Johnson makes the technical free throws at the 11:00 mark
6:23 – Iowa 12, MSU 11: Hines picks up her second foul and is headed to bench
6:28 – MSU 13, Iowa 12: MSU has scored 6 unanswered and took the lead on Taylor’s layup off a nice feed from Johnson.
6:31 – Iowa 14, MSU 13 : Johnson makes pair of free throws at 7:05 mark to end Iowa scoring drought
6:34 – Iowa 18, MSU 15: Printy makes a pair of free throws at 5:35 mark
6:35 -Iowa 18, MSU 17: Johnson with 4 points off bench with basket inside for Spartans. That’s a career high for her.
6:40 – Iowa 21, MSU 20: Bell up to 8 points after making a 3 and has pulled Spartans within one at media timeout with 2:23 left in the first half. Morgan Johnson has scored 7 and has 9 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. MSU 8-29 and Iowa is 8-26 from field. Also Johnson now has two fouls for Iowa.
6:45 – Iowa 23, MSU 22: Spartans trying to take the lead just before the half. 27.9 seconds left and MSU has possession with 5 seconds left on shot clock.
6:48 – MSU 25, Iowa 25: Spartans tied with Hawkeyes after Bell’s long range 3. She has 11 points and five rebounds to lead all scorers. Johnson with 7 points and 9 rebounds for Iowa.
6:53 – MSU 25, Iowa 25: More halftime numbers – MSU’s bench had 10 first half points (Johnson with 6 and Taylor with 4). Schiffauer and Mills accounted for the other 4 points for the Spartans, who are shooting 30.3% (10-33). Doolittle hasn’t scored since the opening four minutes of the first half and has 6 points for Iowa. Logic, Taylor and Printy each with 4 points for the Hawkeyes, who are shooting 35.7% (10-28). No Hawkeye reserves have scored. Both teams have 7 first half turnovers.
7:03 – MSU 25, Iowa 25: Second half getting started. Starters on the court for both teams.
7:05 – Iowa 27, MSU 25: Good defense by MSU, but Logic hits jumper as shot clock expires to break the tie.
7:07 – Iowa 29, MSU 25: Johnson adds a baseline jumper and now has 9 points.
7:07 – Iowa 29, MSU 27: Mills makes pair of FTs at 17:00 mark
7:08 – Iowa 31, MSU 27: Iowa starting second half like it started the game. Has scored on all three possessions so far.
7:10 – Iowa 31, MSU 29: Bell makes a layup as she’s fouled heading into the media timeout at the 15:45 mark. She has 13 points and is heading to the line for another shot after the break.
7:13 – MSU 32, Iowa 31: Bell makes FT then Mills hits inside shot on next possession to put MSU ahead.
7:14 – Iowa 34, MSU 32: Iowa regains led on Melissa Dixon 3. Those are the first Iowa bench points
7:19 – Iowa 40, MSU 39: Lead has changed a few times in the last few minutes as we’re at the media timeout with 10:40 left. Bell has 16 points now. MSU is 15-45 (33.3%) from the field, Iowa is 17-41 (41.5 %)
7:23 – MSU 41, Iowa 40: Schiffauer makes pair of FTs at 9:19 mark as MSU takes lead back
7:27 – MSU 44, Iowa 40: Pickrel gives MSU its biggest lead of the night with 3 from top of the circle. 8:21 left
7:32 – MSU 46, Iowa 40: We’re at the media timeout with 7:27 left. Hines was just with a technical foul after making that basket.
7:33 – MSU 46, Iowa 42: Printy made both technical free throws
7:36 – MSU 48, Iowa 47: Printy makes 3 to cut the lead to 1. Iowa has outscored MSU 7-2 since the technical.
7:38 – Iowa 49, MSU 48: Iowa takes lead on a pair of free throws by Dixon.
7:38 – MSU 50, Iowa 49: Bell converts 3-point play
7:42 – MSU 53, Iowa 51: Bell has matched a career-high with 21 points with 3:04 left. We’re at the media timeout. Johnson has 13 points and 11 rebounds for Iowa.
8:10 – MSU 65, Iowa 54: Spartans outscore Iowa 17-5 in final 4:30 to earn win and move to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.