East Lansing — Annalise Pickrel had 17 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as No. 25 Michigan State rolled to a 70-49 victory Saturday over Ohio State.
Michigan State closed the first half on a 17-2 run, taking a 42-21 lead into the break and led by double digits the rest of the way. Becca Mills scored 17 points for Michigan State. Aerial Powers added 15 points and tied a career-high with five assists.
The Spartans (17-8, 9-3 Big Ten) have won five of their last six games, bouncing back after losing to Nebraska 76-56 last Saturday. Michigan State is one game back of No. 11 Penn State for the top spot in the conference and hold a half-game lead over No. 21 Nebraska.
Ameryst Alston scored 25 points and Cait Craft added 11 to lead Ohio State (14-14, 4-8), which has lost four-straight.
More state women
(At) Northern Michigan 84, Wayne State 69: Alyssa Colla starred with a game-high 26 points as the Wildcats defeated the Warriors in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game. Abbey DeBruin scored 18 and Lauren Gruber added 11 for Northern (16-7, 13-6 GLIAC). Shareta Brown had 19 points while Imari Redfield added 17 and Ondrea Hughes 11 for Wayne State (19-4, 16-3).
(At) Central Michigan 88, Miami (Ohio) 47: Niki DiGuilio’s 24 points led a trio of Chippewas in double figures as the hosts routed the RedHawks to remain unbeaten in Mid-American Conference play. Crystal Bradford added 14 and Jessica Green 11 for Central (16-8, 12-0 MAC). Kelsey Simon had 10 for Miami (7-16, 3-9).
Kent State 57, (at) Western Michigan 48: Kent State’s 5-of-8 3-point shooting — highlighted by Larissa Lurken’s 4-of-4 performance from 3-point range — lifted the visitors to only its second MAC win this season. Lurken finished with 12 points to lead Kent State (5-8, 2-10). Miracle Woods had 13 points for Western (9-14, 5-7).
Bowling Green 61, (at) Eastern Michigan 56: Jillian Halfhill scored 21 and Alexis Rogers 13 to lead the Falcons (21-3, 11-1) to a MAC victory. Olivia Fouty scored 15 while Janay Morton and Cha Sweeney each had 10 for Eastern (14-9, 4-8).
More women's scores
(At) Michigan Tech 73, Saginaw Valley 63
(At) Ashland 83, Hillsdale 63
Ferris State 72, (at) Lake Superior State 68 (2OT)
(At) Grand Valley State 70, Northwood 67 (OT)
(At) Hope 90, Trine 40
Adrian 69, (at) Kalamazoo 66
(At) Saint Mary's 72, Alma 61
Olivet 82, (at) Calvin 67
(At) Eastern Michigan 65, Toledo 44: Da’Shonte Riley had seven blocked shots to anchor Eastern Michigan’s dominant 2-3 zone in a victory over Toledo.
With the MAC’s top defense at 62.8 points per game, EMU (15-10, 7-5 Mid-American) held Toledo to 14 of 54 from the field (25.9 percent).
Toledo (21-4, 9-3) entered the game first in the MAC and 11th in the nation in scoring offense (83.3 ppg), but the 44 points were 23 less than its previous season low of 67.
Mike Talley and Karrington Ward each had 13 points for Eastern Michigan, while Julius Brown and Williams each had 13 points for Toledo.
(At) Northern Michigan 74, Wayne State 66: Freshman Marcus Hall scored 18 to lead the Wildcats over the Warriors in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference matchup. Chavis Mattison added 17 and Justin Newell 12 for Northern Michigan (5-17, 4-14 GLIAC). Gerald Williams-Taylor had a game-high 20 points and 12 rebounds for Wayne State (11-11, 9-10).
More men's scores
(At) Lake Superior State 89, Ferris State 86,
Hillsdale 64, (at) Ashland 61
(At) Michigan Tech 68, Saginaw Valley 53
(At) Grand Valley 94, Northwood 71
Calvin 69, (at) Trine 65
(At) Kalamazoo 65, Adrian 62
(At) Albion 77, Olivet 55
(At) Hope 70, Alma 67