EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State women’s basketball head coach Suzy Merchant is at the Breslin Center and will coach the Spartans in against Nebraska on Saturday night.
Merchant, 47, suffered a fainting spell last Sunday at the beginning of the fourth quarter of a 71-47 win at home against Illinois. Merchant did not travel with the team to Purdue in its last game, a 66-54 loss Wednesday that dropped the Spartans to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten. Nebraska is 4-11, 0-3 entering the game.
The crowd gave her a standing ovation when walked onto the arena floor.
Merchant is in her 10th season coaching at Michigan State and 22nd season overall coaching at the college level. She is 215-100 at Michigan State and has led the Spartans to two Big Ten regular season titles, a Big Ten tournament championship and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. She is 416-220 in her overall career that began in the 1995-96 season at Saginaw Valley State. Her teams have had just one losing season.