Thursday's state hoops: Clouden, Spartans derail No. 4 Michigan at Breslin

Associated Press

Nia Clouden spurred a third-quarter comeback, and Michigan State toppled rival No. 4 Michigan 63-57 on Thursday night in East Lansing.

The Spartans (13-10, 7-5 Big Ten) snapped the Wolverines' eight-game win streak.

Michigan State's Alisia Smith, left, and Taiyier Parks, center, knock the ball away from Michigan's Naz Hillmon, right.

Michigan (20-3, 11-2 Big Ten) shot 40.4% from the field, its lowest since losing to Nebraska on Jan. 4. The Spartans finished with a 46% mark.

Naz Hillmon had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines, who played their second straight game without senior leader Leigha Brown. No bench players scored for Michigan compared to the Spartans' 15 points.

Clouden was the Spartans' leading scorer with 20 points, while Tamara Farquhar had 11 points and Dee Dee Hagemann had seven rebounds and nine assists.

At the half, Michigan held the 29-26 edge. Clouden came out hot after the break, scoring 13 in the third quarter alone.

After a cold 0-for-6 start, Matilda Ekh sealed Michigan State's win by going 2 for 2 for the 3-poin line in the fourth quarter.

More state women

Green Bay 61, (at) Oakland 57: Green Bay earned their seventh straight win on Thursday night, taking down Oakland 61-57.

Hailey Oskey led the way for the Phoenix (14-5, 10-3 Horizon) with 18 points, as Green Bay is now 11-0 when scoring over 60 points. 

The Golden Grizzlies (11-11, 9-6 Horizon) had three players finish in double figures, led by Kahlaijah Dean with 13 points and six rebounds. 

(At) Wayne State 59, Purdue Northwest 47: Wayne State won its seventh game in their last eight, as they defeated visiting Purdue Northwest, 59-47 on Thursday.

The Warriors (14-5 overall, 10-4 GLIAC) were led by Grace George with 29 points and six rebounds, while Sam Cherney added 17 points and 15 rebounds.  

Dash Shaw finished with a team-high 16 points for the Lions (8-14 overall, 5-10 GLIAC).

Milwaukee 71, (at) Detroit Mercy 55: Milwaukee finished with four players scoring in double figures on their way to a 71-55 rout of Detroit Mercy on Thursday in Detroit. 

Megan Walstad scored 18 points for the Panthers (9-13, 8-7 Horizon), while Mckaela Schmelzer added 13. 

Imani McNeal led the way for the Titans (0-20, 0-13 Horizon) with 18 points, with Irene Murua chipping in 16. 

State Men

(At) Wayne State 56, Purdue Northwest 53: Wayne State had nine players score as the Warriors held off visiting Purdue Northwest, 56-53, in a GLIAC matchup on Thursday. 

Darian Owens-White led the way for Wayne State (4-13, 3-11 GLIAC) with 10 points and David Hughes recorded nine points and 16 rebounds. 

Anthony Barnard finished with a game-high 17 points and nine rebounds for the Lions (5-18, 2-13 GLIAC).