Saturday's state hoops: Michigan women beat Mississippi State, Barnes Arico wins No. 200 at UM
Daytona Beach, Fla. — Leigha Brown scored a season-high 23 points, Naz Hillmon had her third straight double-double and No. 12 Michigan defeated Mississippi State 64-48 on Saturday in the Daytona Beach Invitational.
Hillmon, a game after becoming the third Wolverine to surpass 1,600 points and 800 rebounds, scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was a bit of a struggle as the 70 percent shooter was just 6 of 15 from the field.
It was a milestone game for Kim Barnes Arico, who picked up her 200th win at Michigan to join legendary men’s coaches Johnny Orr (209) and John Beilein (278). Barnes is 200-102 in 10 years.
Jerkaila Jordan scored 18 points and Rickea Jackson 13 for the Bulldogs (5-1), who came in averaging 82.4 points a game.
The Wolverines (7-0) led 31-28 at the half and stretched the lead to 49-38 by scoring the last six points of the third quarter.
Mississippi State had an 8-0 run to get within 51-46 with 6:48 to play but only scored two points after that. The Bulldogs were 1-of-8 shooting to close the game and shot 30% in the second half to Michigan’s 47%.
More state women
► (At) Florida International 67, Eastern Michigan 60: Danielle Rainey scored 19, Ce'Nara Skanes had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Areanna Combs added 15 points for EMU (2-3), which couldn't overcome a 19-point second-half deficit in the final game of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic. Kyla Nelson scored 19 to lead FIU (4-2).
► (At) Hofstra 98, Detroit Mercy 84: Antoine Davis had 39 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Madut Akec tallied 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Matt Johnson scored 10 for Detroit Mercy (0-5), which trailed by 24 at halftime. Omar Silverio scored a career-high 28 off the bench and shot 8-for-10 from 3-point range for Hofstra (3-4).
► Western Michigan 93, Purdue Fort Wayne 85 (OT): At Fort Myers, Florida, Adrian Martin had a career-high 20 points and hit all six of his 3-pointers, the last of which gave Broncos (2-4) the lead for good in the first minute of overtime, while Markeese Hastings had 17 points. Jarred Godfrey scored 35 for the Mastodons (3-2).