Spartans Fall 64-54 to Pitt at the Caribbean Classic

Freshman Kiana Johnson leads the Spartans with 10 points, four assists and five steals.


CANCUN, Mexico – The Michigan State women’s basketball team jumped out to a 12-0 lead to begin the afternoon, but Pitt put together a 21-2 run midway through the game, topping the Spartans (8-5) to conclude the Caribbean Classic at the Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico. Freshman Kiana Johnson led MSU with 10 points, four assists and a career-high five steals.


The Spartans came out flying over the first five and a half minutes, opening up a 12-0 lead behind six points from freshman Becca Mills. MSU maintained a double-digit lead late in the half, leading 31-18 with 3:27 on the clock.


Pitt closed the half on an 8-2 run and scored the first 13 points of the second half to open a 39-33 lead. The Spartans followed with a 10-2 run of their own to regain the lead by two with just over 10 minutes to go.  With MSU leading 48-47 with 8:26 on the clock, the Panthers ran off eight unanswered points to put the game away. The Spartans would fight to get within three, but Pitt made 6-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.


Senior Lykendra Johnson led MSU with a game-high 10 rebounds, also adding three blocks.


The Spartans conclude their non-conference schedule and begin Big Ten play on Dec. 30, when they travel to Indiana for a 6 p.m. tip on the Big Ten Network.