Nov. 30, 1996
Michigan State Survives against Central
Despite turning the ball over 23 times, the Spartans held off the Chippewas to earn a 78-64 victory. The two teams played evenly for much of the first half but after a 15-15 tie, MSU built a 14 point lead and never gave it up. At one point during the second half, MSU lead by 23.
14 points from senior Paula Sanders lead the Spartans in scoring. She was pleased with the win but concerned about all of the mistakes.
"It was a win, but it was ugly," said Sanders. "When we get into the Big Ten and have 20-plus turnovers, we're going to get blown out." (Also see our interview with Sanders from this past week.)
The Spartans are still trying to perfect their fast-tempo offense but coach Karen Langeland was happy with her team's depth as the MSU bench contributed 28 points in the win.
"We obviously run a lot, and if you run a lot you have to get fresh legs in there." said Langeland. "We work really hard to maintain intensity from the bench."