Michigan State Spartans women's basketball

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Michigan State Spartans
2015–16 Michigan State Spartans women's basketball team
Michigan State Spartans athletic logo
University Michigan State University
Conference Big Ten
Location East Lansing, MI
Head coach Suzy Merchant (9th year)
Arena Breslin Student Events Center
(Capacity: 16,280)
Nickname Spartans
Colors

Green and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA/AIAW Tournament runner-up
2005
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Final Four
2005
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight
2005
NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2005, 2006, 2009
NCAA/AIAW Tournament second round
1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances
1977, 1991, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
2005
Conference regular season champions
2011, 2014

The Michigan State Spartans women's basketball team is the intercollegiate women's basketball program representing Michigan State University. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Spartans play home basketball games at the Breslin Student Events Center on the university campus in East Lansing, Michigan.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Spartans began play in 1972. In 1991, the Spartans made their first ever NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament, their first postseason appearance since the 1977 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament. In 2005, the Spartans won 33 games (a school record), advancing all the way to the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship, before losing 84-62 to Baylor. The Spartans have been to 14 NCAA Tournaments in the past 25 years, the most recent being in 2014.

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Record Conference
Record
Conference
Titles
Mikki Baile 1972-1975 32-12 0-0 0
Dominic Marino 1975-1976 6-16 0-0 0
Karen Langeland 1976-2000 376-290 156-165 1
Joanne P. McCallie 2000-2007 149-75 68-44 1
Suzy Merchant 2007-present 179-87 89-47 2
Totals 742-480 313-256 4

Postseason[edit]

The Spartans have made 14 appearances in the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. Their combined record is 17-14.

Year Round Opponent Result
1991 Second Round (Bye) Oklahoma State L 96-94 (3OT)
1996 First Round
Second Round
UMass
Connecticut
W 60-57 (OT)
L 88-68
1997 First Round
Second Round
Portland
North Carolina
W 75-70 (OT)
L 81-71
2003 First Round TCU L 50-47
2004 First Round
Second Round
Arizona
Texas
W 72-60
L 80-61
2005 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Finals
Alcorn State
USC
Vanderbilt
Stanford
Tennessee
Baylor
W 73-41
W 61-59
W 76-64
W 76-69
W 68-64
L 84-62
2006 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kentucky
Duke
W 65-46
W 67-63
L 86-61
2007 First Round
Second Round
Delaware
Rutgers
W 69-58
L 70-57
2009 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Middle Tennessee State
Duke
Iowa State
W 60-59
W 63-49
L 69-68
2010 First Round
Second Round
Bowling Green
Kentucky
W 72-62
L 70-52
2011 First Round
Second Round
Northern Iowa
Green Bay
W 69-66
L 65-56
2012 First Round Louisville L 67-55
2013 First Round
Second Round
Marist
Maryland
W 55-47
L 74-49
2014 First Round
Second Round
Hampton
North Carolina
W 91-61
L 62-53

Big Ten Medal of Honor[edit]

  • 1983 - Karen Wells
  • 1985 - Kelly Belanger
  • 1986 - Julie Polakowski
  • 1990 - Eileen Shea
  • 2006 - Liz Shimek
  • 2010 - Allyssa DeHaan

Big Ten Coach of the Year[edit]

References[edit]