2008–09 Michigan State Spartans women's basketball team

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2008-09 Michigan State Spartans women's basketball
Michigan State Spartans alternate logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches No. 22[1][not in citation given]
Head coach Suzy Merchant
Assistant coach Shane Clipfell
Assistant coach Rick Albro
Assistant coach Evelyn Thompson -
Home arena Breslin Center
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The 2008–09 Michigan State Spartans women's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I basketball season. The Spartans were coached by Suzy Merchant and played their home games at the Breslin Center.


Date Location Opponent Spartans Points Opp. Points Record
Nov. 2/08 East Lansing, MI Green vs White Game
Nov. 6/08 East Lansing, MI Saginaw Valley State 97 32 1-0
Nov. 9/08 East Lansing, MI Grand Valley State 84 44 2-0


Regular season[edit]

  • The season debut was a record breaking one as the Spartans defeated Niagara, 116-50. MSU set new program records in points scored, also a Breslin Center record, and margin of victory.[3] The Spartans had six players on their roster to score in double-figures. This also tied a program record that was last accomplished on Nov. 24, 1990 against Georgetown. Redshirt junior Lauren Aitch led the way with a career-high 25 points in 21 minutes, shooting 10-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. She also tied for the team-lead with eight rebounds. Freshman Courtney Schiffauer began her Spartan career by pouring in 21 points and tying Aitch for the team lead with eight rebounds. Schiffauer, whose 21 points was the most in a Spartan debut since Lindsay Bowen scored 26 back in 2002, was 9-of-12 from the field and sank both of her free throws.[3]
  • Nov. 23, 2008: Michigan State won the 2008 TD Banknorth Classic title with an 81-48 win over Quinnipiac at Patrick Gymnasium on the campus of University of Vermont. Junior Allyssa DeHaan poured in a season-high 21 points, becoming the 19th player in MSU history to top the 1,000-point plateau. The Spartans begin 5-0 for only the fourth time in team history and for the first time since 1999-00. DeHaan, who was 8-of-11 from the field, scored the fourth 3-pointer of her career, and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line. She was the fifth fastest Spartan to 1,000 points, needing only 75 games.[4]


Number Name Height Position Class
45 Lauren Aitch 6-1 Center Redshirt Junior
33 Taylor Alton 5-11 Guard-Forward Freshman
41 Allyssa DeHaan 6-9 Center Junior
54 Jasmine Holmes 5-10 Guard Junior
22 Aisha Jefferson 6-1 Forward Redshirt Junior
30 Lykendra Johnson 6-1 Forward Redshirt Freshman
21 Mia Johnson 5-9 Guard Redshirt Senior
32 Kalisha Keane 6-1 Forward Sophomore
2 Mandy Piechowski 5-9 Guard Junior
3 Porsche Poole 5-8 Guard Freshman
24 Courtney Schiffauer 6-1 Forward Freshman
20 Brittney Thomas 5-10 Guard Sophomore
15 Cetera Washington 6-0 Forward Sophomore
25 Tafa Wilson 6-1 Forward Sophomore



Date Location Opponent Spartans Points Opp. Points Record
Nov. 14/08 East Lansing, MI Niagara 116 50 1-0
Nov. 16/08 East Lansing, MI Stony Brook 73 42 2-0
Nov. 19/08 East Lansing, MI Dertroit Mercy 85 48 3-0
Nov. 22/08 Burlington, VT Dartmouth 60 52 4-0
Nov. 23/08 Burlington, VT Quinnipiac 81 48 5-0
Nov. 26/08 East Lansing, MI Old Dominion 78 48 6-0
Nov. 29/08 Notre Dame, IN Notre Dame 72 78 6-1
Dec. 3/08 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech 57 70 6-2
Dec. 7/08 St. Bonaventure St. Bonaventure 52 63 6-3
Dec. 14/08 Cincinnati Xavier 66 71 6-4


NCAA Basketball Tournament[edit]

  • Berkeley Regional
    • Michigan State 60, Middle Tennessee 59
    • Michigan State 63, Duke 49
    • Iowa State 69, Michigan State 68



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