Spartans ready to make mark, move on
Merchant finally feels at home as third season at Michigan State begins
Downs frequently follow ups in the NCAA tournament -- that's just the way it works. But for Michigan State last season, the extremes really were very extreme.
The Spartans, who hosted in the early rounds, had a made-for-TV matchup with No. 1 seed Duke at the Breslin Center. And Michigan State took advantage of it, beating former coach Joanne P. McCallie's squad 63-49 in a second-round game.
Spartans coach Suzy Merchant was very gracious afterward, crediting McCallie for ...
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2009-10 Season Preview
Get ready for 2009-10 with ESPN.com's women's college basketball preview.
Friday, Nov. 13• ESPN.com's Preseason All-America teams
• Moore is preseason player of year (again)
• Voepel: Baylor's Griner set for debut
• Voepel: Spartans ready to move on in Big Ten
Thursday, Nov. 12• Voepel: UConn's Charles all-business
• Hays: Greene fits holes, roles for Huskies
Wednesday, Nov. 11• Top five players at each position
• Voepel: A difficult decision
• Hays: Players to watch
• Voepel: OU shifts to guard-oriented attack
Tuesday, Nov. 10• Hays: Appel leads Stanford
• Voepel: Academics first for Ogwumike
• Hays: Mid-major top 10
Monday, Nov. 9• ESPN.com preseason top 10
• Voepel: Five questions
• Hays: Teams to watch