Michigan State Spartans women's basketball

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.[2][3]

Michigan State Spartans
2019–20 Michigan State Spartans women's basketball team
UniversityMichigan State University
Head coachSuzy Merchant (13th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationEast Lansing, Michigan
ArenaBreslin Student Events Center
(Capacity: 16,280)
NicknameSpartans
ColorsGreen and White[1]
         
Uniforms
Home
Away
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
2005
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2005
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2005
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2005, 2006, 2009
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1991, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1991, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
AIAW Tournament Appearances
1977
Conference Tournament Champions
2005
Conference Regular Season Champions
2011, 2014

History

The Spartans began play in 1972. In 1991, the Spartans made their first ever NCAA Division I Women's 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 Division I Women's 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

CoachYearsRecordConference
Record
Conference
Titles
Mikki Baile1972–197532–120–00
Dominic Marino1975–19766–160–00
Karen Langeland1976–2000376–290156–1651
Joanne P. McCallie2000–2007149–7568–441
Suzy Merchant2007–present179–8789–472
Totals 742–480 313–256 4

Postseason

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

Year Round Opponent Result
1991Second Round†Oklahoma StateL 96–94 (3OT)
1996First Round
Second Round
UMass
Connecticut
W 60–57 (OT)
L 88–68
1997First Round
Second Round
Portland
North Carolina
W 75–70 (OT)
L 81–71
2003First RoundTCUL 50–47
2004First Round
Second Round
Arizona
Texas
W 72–60
L 80–61
2005First 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
2006First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Kentucky
Duke
W 65–46
W 67–63
L 86–61
2007First Round
Second Round
Delaware
Rutgers
W 69–58
L 70–57
2009First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Middle Tennessee State
Duke
Iowa State
W 60–59
W 63–49
L 69–68
2010First Round
Second Round
Bowling Green
Kentucky
W 72–62
L 70–52
2011First Round
Second Round
Northern Iowa
Green Bay
W 69–66
L 65–56
2012First RoundLouisvilleL 67–55
2013First Round
Second Round
Marist
Maryland
W 55–47
L 74–49
2014First Round
Second Round
Hampton
North Carolina
W 91–61
L 62–53

† The Spartans received a bye into the Second Round.

Big Ten Medal of Honor

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

Big Ten Coach of the Year

References

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