Follow along as the Michigan State (3-0) women take on Albany (2-1) in a battle of NCAA Tournament teams from last season.
For all the tidbits on the matchup, check out the tipoff that was in today’s LSJ. And stay here for updates throughout the game.
Sarah Royals, Lindsey Lowrie, Ebone Henry, Keyana Williams and Julie Forster are the starters for Albany tonight. Annalise Pickrel, Klarissa Bell, Becca Mills, Jasmine Thomas and Courtney Schiffauer are MSU’s starters.
(7:35) – Becca Mills missed the Spartans first three shots from the floor and Albany grabbed an early 2-0 lead. MSU has scored eight unanswered since then. Klarissa Bell has two layups, Jasmine Thomas made a jumper and Annalise Pickrel had a driving basket.
(7:37) – At first media timeout with 15:06 left in the first half, MSU has 10-4 lead. Forster has all of Albany’s points. The Great Danes full-court pressure defense isn’t bothering the Spartans so far.
(7:47) Albany calls timeout if Jasmine Hines hits a jumper . It’s 16-7 MSU with 12:32 left in first half.
(7:49) – Media timeout on the floor with 11:51 left and MSU has 18-7 lead. Klarissa Bell has eight points, two assists and a rebound so far for Spartans, who are 8 of 12 from the floor. Albany is 3 of 12 from the floor.
(7:56) – Albany forced to call another timeout as MSU is on a 15-2 spurt and takes 31-9 lead with 8:53 left
(7:58) – Timeout on the floor with 7:45 left in 1st half and Spartans lead 34-11. Klarissa Bell playing really well and unselfishly. Scoring at will and setting teammates up with drives to basket. She has 11 points and 4 assists. Is 4 of 4 from field and 3 of 3 from free throw line.
(8:10) – MSU has led by as much as 24 but Albany has shown some life here behind 6-8 center Megan Craig and the score is 42-24 at media timeout with 1:18 left. Craig has 10 points on 5 of 6 shooting.
(8:14) – Spartans have 46-26 lead at halftime. They are shooting 62.1 percent (18-29) from the floor in 1st half as Bell has 14 points and Pickrel has 11. Albany is 11 of 29 from the floor.
(8:34) – MSU lead up to 54-30 with 16:14 remaining in game.
(8:45) – Spartans lead 56-32 at media timeout with 11:18 remaining.
(8:50) – Jasmine Hines is now doing work in the post. She’s scored six straight points to push MSU’s lead to 28
(8:56) – At media timeout with 5:24 remaining, the MSU women lead 65-32. Bell has 19 and Jasmine Hines has 13 points.
(9:15) – We have a final as the MSU women move to 4-0 with 67-35 win. Albany scores just nine points in second half and shoots just 25.9 percent from the floor. Klarissa Bell finishes with 19 points, Jasmine Hines scores a season-high 14 and Jasmine Thomas and Annalise Pickrel each score 11.