Indiana allows a season-high 97 points and absorbs its eighth loss of 20 points or more this season. SPARTANS 97, HOOSIERS 68
3:53: Less than four minutes left in the Indiana women’s basketball season. SPARTANS 86, HOOSIERS 55
7:38: Well, the MSU lead is 34, so the only drama left is whether the Spartans hit the century mark. SPARTANS 79, HOOSIERS 45
11:57: Yeah, OK, pencil Michigan State into Friday’s quarterfinals against Purdue. With the Spartans 8-of-12 from the field this half, five of them 3s, it’s lights out for Indiana. SPARTANS 66, HOOSIERS 40
15:58: MSU already with three 3s this half, matching its first-half total to lead by as many as 22. Indiana can’t afford to trade 2s for 3s at this point. SPARTANS 54, HOOSIERS 34
Indiana got within 10, Michigan State went up 14. IU got within 11, Michigan State pushed the lead back to 15. Quaneisha McCurty with 10 points and Alisha Goodwin 9 points to accounty for 73 percent of the IU offense. Hoosiers shoot just 36 percent and commit nine turnovers. MSU shoots 44 percent with seven turnovers. SPARTANS 41, HOOSIERS 26
3:31: Michigan State lead peaked at 17, but Indiana on a 6-0 run and shooting free throws out of the break. Alisha Goodwin with 8 points, Quaneisha McCurty 5 for IU. SPARTANS 31, HOOSIERS 20
7:39: Quaneisha McCurty a spark off the bench with a three-point play and a block, but Indiana simply struggling to get stops as Michigan State is 10-of-21 from the field. SPARTANS 28, HOOSIERS 14
11:14: Indiana forces a couple turnovers to get back into it at 8-7, but Michigan State responds with a 10-0 run, including a pair of 3s, and suddenly this game could get away from IU very quickly. SPARTANS 18, HOOSIERS 7
15:48: Not the start you wanted if you were Indiana. Turnovers on the first two possessions and three overall, 0-of-4 from the field and Sasha Chaplin missed a free throw, snapping a streak of 30 straight makes — fourth-best in IU history. SPARTANS 6, HOOSIERS 1
I’m courtside at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, where 12th-seeded Indiana will take on fifth-seeded Michigan State in the final game of the day. The winner gets fourth-seeded Purdue in the late game Friday night.
It’s been a tough season for the Hoosiers (6-23), who will look to the spring the upset against a Spartan team that enters having won seven of its last eight games. Indiana has won just once since Big Ten play started, that victory coming one week ago against Wisconsin. If the Hoosiers don’t win tonight, the most pressing question of the off-season becomes the future of head coach Felisha Legette-Jack, who received a two-year contract extension last summer but is 15-43 the past two years and is wrapping up a third straight losing season.
We’ll see if IU can postpone that topic for at least another day with a win. Updates here and on Twitter. Expected tip time approximately 8:30.