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Red Flash women drop season opener

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Saint Francis women’s basketball team fell to Michigan State, 77-44, in the season opener on Friday for both teams.

Eight different Red Flash players recorded points as 12 saw playing time.

The Spartans scored the first points of the game and held onto the advantage until the final buzzer. Redshirt junior Lili Benzel led the Saint Francis offense with 10 points.

The Spartans ended the first quarter on a 7-0 run, including a buzzer beater from behind the arc to take a double-digit lead into the second quarter.

The teams went back and forth through the first six minutes of the game as Saint Francis trailed by just two points with four minutes remaining in the first quarter following five-straight points on the floor by Karson Swogger.

Seven points in the first quarter from Swogger saw the Red Flash down by three with two minutes to play before the 7-0 run by the Spartans closed the quarter. Swogger finished with nine points.

The Spartans put together runs of five, five and seven during the second quarter as MSU outscored SFU 18-8 in the second frame. The Spartans held a 42-22 lead going into the locker room.

Sam Miller scored six points during the third quarter but the Red Flash had just two more points total in the quarter as the Spartans extended the lead to 61-30 after three quarters of action.

Saint Francis, which plays at Penn State on Monday night, was outscored, 16-14, in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

ST. FRANCIS (0-1): Dettwiller 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 1-4 0-0 2, Dapaa 3-4 0-0 6, Benzel 4-10 0-0 10, Swogger 3-6 2-2 9, Kovac 0-1 0-0 0, Mastellone 1-5 3-4 5, Miller 3-6 2-2 8, Murphy 0-2 0-0 0, Allen 1-2 0-0 2, Maxwell 0-5 0-0 0, Nichols 1-3 0-0 2.Totals 17-48 7-8 44

MICHIGAN ST. (1-0): Cook 1-3 1-2 3, Parks 5-11 1-2 11, Clouden 6-11 2-2 15, Joiner 2-5 0-0 5, Ozment 4-9 1-2 10, Rewers 1-6 0-0 2, Ayrault 2-4 2-2 8, Jacqmain 2-4 2-2 8, Bostic 6-7 2-2 15, Team 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 29-60 11-14 77

St. Francis………………14 8 8 14 — 44

Michigan State………..24 18 19 16 — 77

3-Point Goals–St. Francis 3-16 (Thomas 0-2, Benzel 2-5, Swogger 1-2, Kovac 0-1, Mastellone 0-2, Miller 0-1, Murphy 0-1, Allen 0-1, Maxwell 0-1), Michigan St. 8-15 (Cook 0-1, Clouden 1-3, Joiner 1-1, Ozment 1-3, Ayrault 2-2, Jacqmain 2-4, Bostic 1-1). Assists–St. Francis 9 (Swogger 4), Michigan St. 25 (Clouden 10). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–St. Francis 32 (Team 3-3), Michigan St. 31 (Bostic 2-6). Total Fouls–St. Francis 14, Michigan St. 14. Technical Fouls–None. A–0.

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