Women's Hoops Fall Short in Big Ten Championship
By Billy Stacy. CREATED Mar 11, 2013
Senior Jasmine Thomas had a big weekend for the Spartans, but the team effort fell short on Sunday as Michigan State fell to Purdue in the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament. Thomas averaged nearly 15 points per game throughout the tournament, and was the first Spartan player named to the Big-Ten All-Tournament team since 2007. En route to the championship game, Michigan State knocked off Michigan and Penn State before squaring off against the Boilermakers. Purdue proved to be too much to handle for the Green and White, eventually winning by a score of 64-47. It was Purdue’s second straight Big Ten Tournament championship.
Junior Klarissa Bell, who has led the Spartans in scoring this season, struggled over the weekend. Despite netting a game-high 20 points in the first round against Michigan, Bell only scored 3 points over the next two games combined.
The Spartans will await their fate until the NCAA Tournament field is announced on March 18th. NCAA analyst Charlie Creme has the Spartans as a #8 seed in the tournament.