EAST LANSING, Mich. – Despite fighting back from a 16-point second-half deficit, the Michigan State women’s basketball team dropped a 76-71 overtime thriller against Purdue in its Big Ten opener at the Breslin Center on Monday.
Graduate guard Kamaria McDaniel’s layup after a steal with two second left in the second half sent the game into the Spartans’ first overtime game of the season. The Boilermakers took care of business in overtime to hold on for the win.
The Spartans fall to 6-4 overall, losing four straight and 0-1 in Big Ten action, while Purdue improves to 8-1 overall and 1-0 in league action. Michigan State is 20-21 in Big Ten openers, having won seven of their 12.
McDaniel reached the 20-point mark for the third-straight game with 22 total points, adding three assists and two steals. Junior guard Gabby Elliott scored 13 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Sophomore guard Matilda Ekh added 12 points for the Spartans.
Purdue was led by 18 points from Lasha Petree.
Both teams struggled with turnover with Purdue turning it over 30 times to the Spartans 16.
Back-to-Back 3-pointers from senior guard Moira Joiner and Ekh tied the game at 10-10 midway through the first quarter. A Taiyier Parks steal and bucket by Joiner put the Spartans on top 12-10. Behind seven points from Joiner in the first 10 minutes, Michigan State led after the first stanza, 19-15.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the second quarter with only four combined point through the first two and a half minutes. The Boilermakers recovered with an 8-0 to take a 28-22 lead, leading to an MSU timeout at the 5:01 mark. Ekh snapped a nearly four minutes Spartan scoring drought to right the ship. Petree scored 10 points in the second period alone as Purdue jumped out to a 33-30 halftime lead.
After a Madison Layden layup, Purdue took its first double-digit lead of the game 49-38, leading to a MSU timeout at the 4:27 mark of the third quarter. The Boilermakers took control in the third period, out-scoring the Spartans, 22-11 to open up a 55-41 lead. WIth five seconds remaining in the stanza, the Boilermakers jumped out to its biggest lead of the game with a 16 points lead after a pit of Jayla Smith free throws.
Back-to-back buckets by junior guard Elliott pulled MSU into range, 59-49, as Purdue called timeout at the 6:49 mark. MSU was able to keep Purdue off the scoreboard for over nearly two minutes, trimming the Boilermaker lead….