Michigan State's Miles Bridges had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. A few minutes earlier, the Terrapins had announced Watson would miss the remainder of the season after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament in practice Wednesday. MI is coming off a 70-69 loss to fifth ranked Purdue On Tuesday.
Head coach Jay Wright made the point that the Wildcats needed to pick up their defensive level, so he went to team leaders Jalen Brunson, Mikal Bridges, Phil Booth and Eric Paschall to set an example for the rest of the team.
"They came out aggressive, hungry, really prepared, I thought their size and aggressiveness really took us back on our heels in the first half", Maryland Coach Brenda Frese said. "This will hurt for a day or two because it is a big game for me".
In addition to Bridges' sensational effort, Xavier was held to 41.4 percent shooting from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.
Michigan State is averaging 13.9 turnovers a game but had started to limit them in recent games.
It's a simple formula, but one Michigan State will need to get figured out quickly. Guard Shay Colley had 17 and Sidney Cooks had 10.
Michigan State's Taryn McCutcheon scored a team-high 25 points in the win, hitting 6 of 11 shots from the field for a 54.5% field goal percentage. That's just not his game.
Should Ohio State survive a home game with a tough Maryland squad on Thursday, a trip to Piscataway awaits the Buckeyes.
Now another Michigan State wide receiver is leaving the program. He doesn't want the Wolverines crashing the glass when they're on offense.
Young, the freshman who leads the nation in scoring and assists, also had 11 rebounds and seven assists.
"It was a hard day for all of us", Christinaki said. Starting sophomore guard Joshua Langford had six points.
The Spartans held MI to just 36 percent from the field and while shooting 56 percent themselves. Four different times in the first half did the Wolverines re-take the lead on the ensuing possession after Michigan State had tied the game.
They ended up giving up 14 points on 24 turnovers.
Forward Brianna Fraser led Maryland with 17 points off the bench but was one of five Terps with at least four turnovers.
No. 7 Duke 87, at Pittsburgh 52: Marvin Bagley III scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and the Blue Devils (14-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) had little trouble bouncing back from a loss to North Carolina State. "We have good things going on", Pikiell said. "It's not going away".
This is by far the best win for John Beilein's team this season, and it came in a way that we haven't exactly become accustomed to: With defense. I thought we got caught up in the officiating, they just let them play.
"So, they have the blueprint now, that's what they're going to face every night, and we have to be better out of it".