Some quotes out of the STrib story:

“They got after us a little bit,” coach Lindsay Whalen said. “Any time you have that many turnovers, it’s going to be tough. Give them credit, they played hard and worked hard. We came in and competed, but they were just better than us tonight.”

The Gophers were down by double digits most of the way after committing seven first-quarter turnovers. Unlike their last road game, when Michigan’s half-court pressure led to giveaways, most of Minnesota’s turnovers against the Spartans came in half-court sets.

“Michigan State did a good job of taking us out of our stuff,” Pitts said. “We kind of struggled a little bit, and we didn’t adjust that well. They kind of got us in a little hole and we struggled coming back.”


Pitts, last season Big Ten Freshman of the Year, has been trying to rediscover her shooting touch. In the two previous losses, she scored a combined eight points despite playing virtually the entire way.

In the past four games, she shot 26 percent from the field and 4-for-29 from beyond the arc. Her three-point stroke was still off Wednesday, as she went 1-for-8. But she made all five of her two-pointers and finished with 15 points and three assists.

“I feel like I’ve got to get in a good rhythm early in order to get going in the game,” she said. “I think I did that really well tonight.”


“I love playing at Breslin,” [Pits] said. “I feel like I play really well here. I have good memories from back in high school. I love being in the state of Michigan and playing in front of my family. I was fortunate to do that tonight.”

Senior guard Kenisha Bell was her usual solid self with 20 points and eight rebounds but the defense sagged against the Spartans (12-3, 2-2).

“She [Michigan State coach Suzy Merchant] runs some great stuff,” Whalen said. “They have some really talented players. They had a good game plan. They spread us out and it ended up being a long night for us.”