EAST LANSING, Mich. - Behind a career-high 28 points from sophomore guard Tori Jankoska as part of three players with double-doubles, the Michigan State women's basketball team avenged an early season loss to Indiana with a 72-57 win Wednesday at the Breslin Center.
Indiana captured the first meeting between the teams in Bloomington on Dec. 31, 70-51.
Jankoska and sophomore guard Aerial Powersboth had 28 points and 11 rebounds, while senior forward Becca Mills had a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Powers had her NCAA leading 17th double-double of the season, while Jankoska registered her fifth double-double. Mills also added her third double-double of the season. After not having three players with double-doubles in the same game since 1999, Michigan State has now accomplished that feat twice in the last five games with Wednesday's output.
Indiana was led by 17 points off the bench from Karlee McBride. Jenn Anderson, who scored 19 points in the first meeting, was held to nine points Wednesday.
Michigan State tied a season-high with 11 three-pointers, matching 11 treys against Nebraska on Jan. 18. The Spartans' 35.5 percent (11-31) behind the arc Wednesday was their eighth game shooting over 30 percent behind the arc.
The Spartans took as big of a lead as 23 points in the second half, as the trio of Powers, Jankoska and Mills continued to take control. Junior guard Cara Miller and freshman guard/forward Lexi Gussert were the only other Spartans to score against the Hoosiers.
MSU's +10 rebounding advantage was its 10th double-figure rebounding edge this season. Overall, the Spartans have out-rebounded the opposition in 15 of the 21 games this season. MSU has out-rebounded its opponents in 114 of its last 145 games (.786).
The Spartans will have the rest of the week off of play, returning to action on Monday, Feb. 2 at Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. (ET) in a game that will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
Post-Game Notes vs. Indiana
â€¢ After not having three players with double-doubles in the same game since 1999, Michigan State has now accomplished that feat twice in the last five games with Wednesday's output with sophomore forward Aerial Powers posting 28 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore guard Tori Jankoska tallied a career-high 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and senior forward Becca Millslogged 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds ... The same trio of Powers (33 points/11 rebounds), Jankoska (11 points, career-high 12 rebounds) and Mills (13 points, 12 rebounds) also registered double-doubles against Illinois on Jan. 15.
â€¢ Powers recorded her NCAA-leading 17th double-double of the season and 27th of her career ... She has five-straight double-doubles and 10 in the last 11 games, as part of posting 21 double-doubles in her last 28 games.
â€¢ Wednesday was the Spartans' fourth game with the starting line-up of senior forward Becca Mills, senior guard Anna Morrissey, junior guard Cara Miller, sophomore forward Aerial Powers and sophomore guard Tori Jankoska ... MSU has had three different starting line-ups this season ... Mills made her 90th career start, while Powers started her 54th career game and Jankoska registered her 38th career start ... Morrissey made her 18th career start and Miller made her seventh career start ... All of Morrissey and Miller's starts have come this season.
â€¢ With 90 career starts, Mills is now tied for 15th in MSU history with Kelli Roehrig (2001-05) ... She is three starts away from tying Vnemina Reese(1998-02), who started 93 games for 14th.
â€¢ Mills' 12 points Wednesday gives her 1,081 career points, breaking into the MSU career scoring list top 20, passing Jamie Wesley (1994-98) for No. 20 with 1,075 ... Mills now needs just six points to catch Bella Engen (1994-98) for No. 19 with 1,088 points.
â€¢ With her career-high 28 points, Jankoska has scored in double figures in 20 of the 21 games this season and 35 of her last 42 games.
â€¢ Jankoska's five three-pointers was a season high and one shy of her career-best of six ... Her previous season high was four against Miami (11/30/14) ... The five treys Wednesday gives Jankoska 108 for her career, needing just three more to tie Rene Haynes (2003-07) and crack into the MSU career three-pointers list top 10 with 111 treys ... Earlier this season, Jankoska became the 12th player in MSU history with over 100 career treys and the first since former teammate Annalise Pickrel (2010-14), who finished her career with 138 career threes.
â€¢ Jankoska's 28 points topped her previous career-best of 25 points, which she had done three previous times in her career, including once this season, against Syracuse (12/22/14).
â€¢ Jankoska's double-double was her second in the last three games and third in the last five games, as well as her fifth of the season and sixth of her career, as she has posted a double-double in all six career games when snaring double-digit rebounds.
â€¢ Mills' double-double was her second in the last five games as part of her third of the season and fifth of her career ... Mills has pulled down double-digit rebounds in four games this season, including three in the last five games, and the eighth of her career ... Her 14 rebounds was the second-highest of the season and career behind 16 against Northwestern (12/28/14).
â€¢ Powers has tallied double-figure points in all 21 games this season and 44 career times ... She has snared double-digit rebounds in 17 games this season and 27 career games, logging double-doubles in each of those games.
â€¢ With a 6-6 outing at the free throw line Wednesday, Powers posted her 10th game this season with five or more free throws and it was her fifth game with a perfect 100 percent at the charity stripe, including the second in a row and third in the last four games.
â€¢ The six made free throws moves Powers to 109-137 (.796) on the season from the charity stripe, climbing to tie for No. 6 on the MSU single-season record list for made free throws, passing her 107 for the No. 7 mark from last season and tying 109 by Kisha Kelley (1994-95) ... Powers' 216 career free throws also moves her into the MSU career top 20 list, passing Kelli Roehig (2001-05) with 214 ... Now with a career free throw percentage of 76.6 percent (216-282), Powers is No. 16 on the Spartans' career free throw list, just ahead of current teammate Becca Mills (76.4 percent, 152-199).
â€¢ Sophomore guard Cara Miller pulled down five rebounds Wednesday for her 13th game this season with three or more rebounds, including the last six in row and her third in that span with five or more boards.
â€¢ Michigan State tied a season-high with 11 three-pointers, matching 11 treys against Nebraska (1/8/15) ... The Spartans' 35.5 percent (11-31) behind the arc Wednesday was their eighth game shooting over 30 percent behind the arc.
â€¢ MSU is now 7-1 this season and has won 67 of its last 68 games when scoring at least 70 points and the Spartans are now 84-6 (.933) under head coach Suzy Merchant when hanging at least 70 points on the scoreboard.
â€¢ The Spartans' are 6-1 this season and 126-12 (.913) when holding their opponents to 60 points or less.
â€¢ Michigan State has won 64 of its last 65 games when leading with five minutes left, winning 113 of its last 115 games (.982), improving to 154-5 (.969) under head coach Suzy Merchant when holding a lead with five minutes to play.
â€¢ MSU's +10 rebounding advantage was its 10th double-figure rebounding edge this season ... Overall, the Spartans have out-rebounded the opposition in 15 of the 21 games this season ... MSU has out-rebounded its opponents in 114 of its last 145 games (.786).
â€¢ Former MSU volleyball player Kelsey Kuipers made her Spartan debut against Indiana.