EAST LANSING, Mich. – No decision has been announced yet on whether Michigan State women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant will miss her second consecutive game or be back on the bench Saturday night when the Spartans host Nebraska.
Michigan State (11-4, 1-1 Big Ten) and Nebraska (4-11, 0-3) are scheduled to tip off Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Breslin Center. This will be the Spartans’ first game at home since Merchant suffered a fainting spell last Sunday early in the fourth quarter of a 71-47 win against Illinois. Merchant did not travel with the team for its game at Purdue on Wednesday, where the Spartans lost 66-54.
Associate head coach Amaka Agugua took over the head coaching duties against Purdue.
Senior Tori Jankoska scored 16 points against Purdue, sending her past Liz Shimek and into second place on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,784 points. Shimek scored 1,780 points from 2002-06. Jankoska is just 33 points shy of equaling former teammate Aerial Powers’ record of 1,817 points. Powers was the fifth overall pick in last year’s WNBA draft and earned all-rookie honors in the league after averaging 10.4 points with the Dallas Wings.
Jankoska leads Michigan State and is second in the Big Ten with a 21.2 points-per-game scoring average. She leads the Big Ten in free throw shooting (87.7 percent) and is fifth in the conference averaging 4.9 assists per game. Freshman guard Taryn McCutcheon is third in assists, averaging 5.2 per game.
Michigan State will be seeking to snap a four-game losing streak to Nebraska. The Spartans are 2-5 overall against the Cornhuskers, with their last win coming on Jan. 9, 2014, at the Breslin Center, 70-57.