East Lansing — Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as No. 21 Michigan State beat Minnesota, 75-61, Monday.
Michigan State got out to a 16-point first half lead, after making 6 of 9 3-pointers, and led by double-digits for the first 16 minutes of the second half.
The Spartans (19-8, 11-3 Big Ten) are now tied in the conference loss column with Nebraska and Penn State.
Michigan State’s leading scorer, freshman Aerial Powers, fouled out with 8:59 left in the second half, and finished with seven points.
The Big Ten scoring leader, Rachel Banham, scored 31 points, on 11-of-29 shooting, for Minnesota (17-11, 6-8).
Jankoska’s first 3-pointer gave MSU a 16-7 lead. Later, Branndais Agee made Michigan State’s sixth 3-pointer to open up a 34-18 advantage.
Michigan State has now won seven of the last eight meetings with Minnesota.
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(At) No. 16 Nebraska 94. No. 8 Penn State 74: Tear’a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half for Nebraska (21-5, 11-3), which extended its winning streak to a season-best eight games and pulled within a half-game of the two-time defending champion Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3).
The Cornhuskers made 11 of 14 3-pointers the opening 20 minutes, a 78.6-percent clip that was the best by a major-conference team this season and second-best in Division I behind Alabama State’s 81.8 percent (9 of 11) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Nebraska finished with a season-high 16 3s on 22 attempts.