Akyah Taylor never had any trouble getting started at Elkhart Memorial, where in 2011, she finished the most brilliant four-year girls basketball run in school history. There are those who could argue that she’s the best all-around player in Elkhart County lore.
A 4-year starter on a squad which won 4 sectional titles and 3 NLC championships, Taylor is the Crimson Charger’s all-time leading scorer and she was an Indiana All-Star. But life at Michigan State University, though, has not flowed as smoothly.
The Spartans’ redshirt-freshman has battled her way through an early-season NCAA suspension and illness. Last Sunday, though, Taylor made her first legitimate in-game contribution to MSU with a career-high 7 points in a 56-46 victory at Indiana. She entered the contest with a total of 7 points all season.
“It’s very inspiring just being able to know that my teammates can count on me and I’m able to get out there and perform the way the team and coach needs me to,” Taylor said in an interview with the Lansing State Journal. “It’s a big deal. It keeps my energy up, it makes me feel like I know I can compete and still do what I need to do without messing up.”
Thursday night, Michigan State traveled to Nebraska and lost 59-54, snapping a 10-game win streak. Taylor scored 2 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes of action. On Sunday, the 25th-rated Spartans will play No. 15 Purdue in East Lansing, Mich., in a 4 p.m. game which will be televised on ESPN2.