Rutgers Women’s Basketball

Kai Carter led the way with 17 points, but Rutgers women's hoops fell 81-58 to Michigan on Thursday night. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

MICHIGAN STATE 85 – RUTGERS 63

For the 13th time this season, Kaylene Smikle led the Scarlet Knights in scoring, netting 27 points in a critical road game against Big Ten rival Michigan State. Unfortunately for Rutgers Smikle’s efforts weren’t enough in a 85-63 loss.

Michigan State jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back as they took a 27-10 lead into halftime.

Still there were some noteworthy moments, namely Kai carter joining the 1,000 point club for Rutgers after collecting 11 points, her fifth double-digit output of the season.  Carter earned the mark when she was fouled and hit both free throws with 6:16 to go in the game and Rutgers down 74-56.

Rutgers will return to Jersey Mike’s Arena on Thursday, Jan. 26 to welcome Penn State for a 7 p.m. game.