Michigan State women’s basketball falls short to North Carolina in first round of NCAA Tournament

Well, it was a heck of a first season for head coach Robyn Fralick and her Michigan State women’s basketball team. The Spartans had their best season in eight years, defied the odds and finished No. 4 in the Big Ten, and put a scare into North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, despite falling short. The Spartans fell to the Tar Heels 59 to 56.

This was always going to be a difficult match-up for MSU, as the Spartans are widely-known to be lacking size this year, so it wasn’t a surprise that they got absolutely dominated on the boards, getting out-rebounded 45 to 27. It’s actually remarkable that the Spartans only lost by three, considering North Carolina had 18 offensive rebounds to the Spartans’ six.

Michigan State will be able to get some revenge on North Carolina when the men play them tomorrow.

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