At the halftime mark, the Michigan State Spartans were leading the Michigan Wolverines 29-22 at the halftime mark in the annual Play4Kay game. The girls were playing hard defense, forcing 8 turnovers for Michigan in the first half. Early on, the Wolverines had a quick lead after forcing 3 turnovers from the Spartans. The game tied up five times at 2, 8, 10, 18, and 20 points in the first half.
Michigan is shooting at 38% today in the first half, and they have yet to have had an opportunity to make one of the 3-pointers that have put them on the board. The Spartans’ defense has been tough. Michigan State took the lead for the first time after Annalise Pickrel made a three-pointer to bring the team’s lead to 13-12. While Michigan answered with their own two points, it wasn’t long before the Spartan women took control of the game.
A 6-0 run on the part of the Spartans pulled the women into a strong lead, and the first half finished out with a 7-point advantage for Michigan State. One of the things that has been killing Michigan has been the shot clock rundowns. The team is taking too long to shoot.
There was a scary moment in the first half when Jenny Ryan came down hard on her ankle and twisted it. She was carried off the court, but then returned later in the first half.
Klarissa Bell and Kiana Johnson have been having a great night thus far. Kiana’s had six points, Bell has been killer on defense and has 7 points, and Pickrel has been on fire – she has five points as does Becca Mills. Jasmine Thomas has four points and Jasmine Hines has two points. If the women can keep this up for the second half, they have a good shot of winning the game.
Go Green! Go White!