The No. 19/18 Michigan State womenâ€™s basketball team will play its fourth consecutive game on the road when it faces Delaware State Monday night (Nov. 26) in Dover, Del. The Spartans head to Delaware with a 4-1 record after winning both of its games in the Carribean Challenge last week in Cancun, Mexico. Michigan State defeated Northern Illinois in game one, 67-40, and topped Kansas State in game two, 68-65.
Delaware State enters the contest with a 2-2 record. The Lady Hornets, who also participated in the Preseason WNIT, lost to rival Delaware in the first round on the road, 54-47. In the consolation round of the tournament, DSU lost to East Tennessee State in overtime, 75-72, but turned around and beat Princeton in overtime the next day, 63-62. In its last game on Nov. 20, Delaware State beat St. Peterâ€™s College at home, 72-57.
This marks the first-ever meeting between the two schools, although Delaware State did make an appearance in East Lansing last year - for the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Hornets, champions of the 2007 MEAC Tournament, earned a No. 15 seed and batted second-seeded Vanderbilt in the first round before losing, 62-47. DSU finished the year with a 20-13 overall record.
Itâ€™s another first for Delaware State on Monday night as it hosts a nationally-ranked team for the first time in school history. The Spartans were ranked 19th in last weekâ€™s Associated Press Poll and 18th in the USA Today/ESPN Coachesâ€™ Poll.
Michigan State returns home to host Clemson Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.