EAST LANSING, Mich. â€“ The No. 25 Michigan State womenâ€™s basketball team dropped a tough 67-62 overtime decision to No. 15/13 Purdue on Sunday at Breslin Center. The Spartans, who fall to 16-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten, had a chance to win at the end of regulation but Jasmine Thomasâ€™ shot rimmed out and would go on to shoot 1-for-11 in overtime.
Sophomore Kiana Johnson led the Spartans in scoring for the third straight game, posting 19 points, five rebounds, a game-high five assists and two steals. Sophomore Becca Mills had 11 points in only nine minutes, while senior Jasmine Thomas added 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Sophomore Jasmine Hines led MSU with 11 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, and added a career-high three steals.
Early in the game, Michigan State used an 11-2 run to open its largest lead of the game at 17-9 with 10:42 until halftime. Purdue (17-3, 6-1) quickly followed with the next seven points and go into the break down only two, 30-28.
After two free throws from Annalise Pickrel tied the game at 47 with 7:14 left, the Boilermakers ran off eight unanswered to go ahead 55-47. The Spartans responded with a 10-0 run of their own, including two 3-pointers from Johnson, to go ahead by two with 1:50 left. A KK Houser layup tied the game again, but Thomas answered with a layup of her own to put MSU ahead 59-57 with 1:21 to go. Purdueâ€™s Drey Mingo tied the game and would force overtime with a layup with 31 seconds left, as Thomasâ€™ last second jumper rolled out.
Purdue scored the first points in overtime and never trailed, taking home the 67-62 victory.
The Spartans forced 21 Purdue turnovers and committed a season-low six, but shot only 30.5% from the field.
Michigan State looks to rebound on Thursday, when it travels to Northwestern for an 8 p.m. tip.
– Todayâ€™s attendance of 10,095 was the largest this season and the 14th-best in program history.
– The loss snapped MSUâ€™s 5-game winning streak against Purdue at Breslin Center.
– Jasmine Thomas (43) and Jasmine Hines (36) played career-high minutes.