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Spartan women's basketball coach taking medical leave

Suzy Merchant in radio studio
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MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant

Michigan State University women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant is taking a medical leave of absence.

Merchant fainted during a game on New Year’s Day and missed a game on January 4th. She was back on the bench for a January 7th game and for a game at Rutgers last Saturday, but experienced similar symptoms and stayed in New Jersey for more testing.

A time for Merchant’s return has not been set.

Assistant coach Amaka Agugua will lead the team while Merchant is away, including tonight’s game at Northwestern.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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