What looked like a promising NCAA Tournament for Suzy Merchant and the Michigan State Spartans women’s team ended Sunday with a 74-72 loss to Mississippi State.
After earning a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament and the right to enjoy home court advantage, Michigan State had to hit the road and travel to Starkville, Miss, and the home of No. 5 seed Mississippi State.
With an opening round victory over Belmont on Friday afternoon. The Spartans would wind up playing the home team Bulldogs on Sunday.
The results would see Merchant’s team bow out of the tournament after a hard fought 74-72 loss.
The Spartans saw four players score in double figures led by guard Branndais Agee with 21 points. But it will be the shots missed by the sophomore out of Detroit that she might remember most.
Bulldog Breanna Richardson hit a 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining but Merchant’s team still had a chance. Mississippi State would foul Agee while she was in the act of shooting a 3-pointer, but she was only capable of making the last of three shots making the score 70-72 Bulldogs.
The Spartans would foul Morgan William who converted two shots and the Bulldogs followed by fouling Jasmine Hines. Hines hit both shots giving the Bulldogs the points needed for the win after the Spartans missed two shots with time running out.
The Spartans finish with a 25-9 record the most wins since the 2012-13 team won 25 games. Merchant has led three MSU teams to 25 or more win seasons during her nine seasons at the helm.
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