When the Michigan State Spartans Women went up against Northwestern Friday night, they had to fight for the win. Annalise Pickrel, a junior playing for the team, went 5 for 7 of her 3-point attempts and scored 21 points – her career high. This win makes it the 18th straight win that Michigan State has had over Northwestern. The team came back from trailing by double digits to take home the victory.
In the initial four minutes, Northwestern scored 10 points, and Michigan State stayed at just 5 points for the first nine minutes of the game. The tables turned in the first half when the Spartan women took over to lead 16-15 with just under nine minutes left on the clock, and following a 7-0 run by the Wildcats, the teams went into halftime 32-26.
Courtney Schiffauer and Pickrel came back after halftime to each shoot three-pointers, bringing Michigan State into the lead again. The teams went back and forth, and Michigan State spent five minutes without scoring a single field goal. At the end, Jasmine Thomas led a 19-2 run, and Klarissa Bell finished it off to hold the Wildcats behind to take the 67-62 lead.
Michigan State’s team scored on a season best 57.1% of shots from behind the arc. They forced 21 turnovers in the game. In addition to scoring her career high of 21 points, Pickrel also had six rebounds and four steals. Thomas took home 14 points and Kiana Johnson had a game and season high of nine assists and had three steals.
The annual Play4Kay Pink Game airs Monday night on the Big Ten Network at 7:30 PM EST. The Michigan State Spartans will face off against the Michigan Wolverines. I will be on Twitter and here live blogging the game.