Carey scores 30 as No. 20 Rutgers tops No. 17 Michigan State
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Stasha Carey scored a career-high 30 points and No. 20 Rutgers won its 10th straight with a 76-62 victory over 17th-ranked Michigan State on Sunday.
Arella Guirantes added 19 points for Rutgers (15-3, 7-0 Big Ten), which trailed 14-13 late in the first quarter before scoring the final eight points of the period. The Scarlet Knights extended the advantage to nine at the half and 57-39 after three quarters.
Michigan State (13-5, 3-4) scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter, using a press, to cut its deficit to 57-47 before Carey hit a layup. The redshirt-senior added a three-point play and two free throws to extend the advantage to 15 midway through the quarter. The Spartans could get no closer than 11 the rest of the way. Carey hit 12 of her 15 shots from the field.
Rutgers has won its first seven conference games for the first time since the 2007-08 season when the team was still in the Big East. It’s the second consecutive year the Scarlet Knights have had a winning streak of 10 or more games.
Michigan State was led by Taryn McCutcheon and Sidney Cooks, who each had 15 points. The Spartans continue to struggle on the road in conference play, having dropped all four of their Big Ten games away from home. Michigan State is a perfect 10-0 at home.
Michigan State has had an up-and-down week. The Spartans lost to Ohio State Monday before upsetting No. 9 Maryland in a rout. ... Rutgers should keep moving up the Top 25.
The score at the start of the fourth quarter was 57-39, but the scoreboard listed it as 57-41 and the public address announcer said that they couldn’t change it to 39 on the boards. Michigan State actually reached 41 points after 32 seconds elapsed in the final period.
Ciani Cryor had 12 assists and didn’t score until the final minute of the game.
Michigan State: home against Illinois on Thursday.
Rutgers: at No. 22 Iowa on Wednesday.