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Kristen Rasmussen
Kristen Rasmussen

Hometown:
East Lansing, MI

High School:
Okemos

Height:
6-4

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
11/01/1978

Experience:
4 VL

Team:
Co-Captain


Is the leading returning rebounder (9.2 rpg) and shot blocker (1.84 bpg) in the Big Ten...has started 69 games during her 87-game career...scored 14 points against Akron (3/11/99) to become just the 11th player in MSU history to score 1,000 points...ranks ninth on the all-time chart with 1,035 points...career leader in blocked shots with 141...has career averages of 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game...has scored in double figures in 56 games and has 23 career double-doubles to her credit...joins Brenda Jezowski and Chris Powers as the only players in program history to serve as team captain three times.

1998-99: Team tri-captain...a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection by the league coaches and media...started all 31 games...team's second-leading scorer with a 15.2 points per game average, good for ninth in the Big Ten...was second in the league and 36th nationally with a 9.2 rebounds per game average...led the Big Ten and was 27th in the NCAA with a 1.84 blocks per game average...was seventh in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.518) and sixth in free throw percentage (.798)...team's leading scorer 14 times...led or shared top rebounding honors in 22-of-31 contests, including 11 of the last 14 games ...scored in double figures 26 times, including a career-high 29 against Michigan (1/20) ...topped the 20-point mark eight times...scored 28 points, on 13-of-15 shooting from the field, and pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds against Northwestern (2/12)...scored 21 points, on 9-of-9 shooting from the field, against Wisconsin (1/9/99)...connected on a career-high 7-of-21 (.333) three-pointers...pulled down double-digit rebounds 14 times and recorded 12 double-doubles, good for third in the Big Ten...tied the MSU single-game record for free throw percentage with a 10-for-10 performance from the line against Detroit (12/1)...connected on 27-straight free throws before missing her final attempt of the season, the second-longest streak in Spartan history...had five blocks against Detroit (12/1) to become MSU's all-time leader in that category...is the first player in Spartan history to top 100 career blocks (141)...recorded a career-high six blocks in win over Indiana (2/26) in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

1997-98: Team co-captain...an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by the media...MVP of the Felpausch/MSU Holiday Classic...named to the Ala Moana Hotel Paradise Classic All-Tournament team...co-recipient of team's Captain Award...started all 27 games...was third on the team with an 11.9 points per game average (18th in the Big Ten)...led the team and was 4th in the Big Ten with an 8.0 rebounds per game average...ranked 8th in the Big Ten in free throw percentage (.813)...shot .506 from the field...scored in double figures in 20-of-27 games, including nine of the last 13 games of the year...pulled down double-figure rebounds nine times and had eight double-doubles, good for fourth in the league....collected a career-high 20 rebounds against Penn State (12/30), good for 6th on the MSU single-game chart and the fourth-highest game total in Spartan history...shot 50 percent or better from the field in 15-of-27 games...was 4th in the Big Ten in blocks per game with a 1.67 average...broke her own seasonal record with 45 blocks...team's leading scorer seven times and leading rebounder 13 times ...scored a season-high 23 points against Bowling Green (12/6)...had a season-high five blocks against Ohio State (2/27) in the final game of the season...collected 15 boards against Hawai'i (12/20).

1996-97: Team's Most Improved Player...played in 29 of 30 games, missing the contest with Purdue (1/5) because of a sprained ankle...averaged 8.4 points per game overall and 9.5 points per contest in the Big Ten...was second on the team with a 5.4 rebounds per game average...started 11 contests, including the final 10 of the season ...averaged 11.7 points per game as a starter...team's leading scorer four times and top rebounder three times...totaled 243 points, good for sixth on the MSU freshmen scoring chart...scored in double figures 10 times and posted double-digit rebounds three times ...posted three double-doubles...had 39 blocked shots...was third in the Big Ten with a 1.34 blocks per game average...scored a season-high 23 points, on 11-of-14 shooting from the field, in MSU's NCAA Tournament win over Portland (3/14)...tallied 11 rebounds against the Pilots for her third double-double of the season...scored 22 points against Penn State (2/21)...scored 10 points, pulled down a season-high 15 rebounds and had three blocks in home win over Ohio State (2/9)...shot 52 percent from the field and topped the 50 percent mark 19 times overall ...rejected a season-high four shots in the win over Bowling Green (12/4)... scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds in her first game as a Spartan (vs. Texas - 11/23)...traveled with the Big Ten All-Star Team to Austria, Slovakia and the Czech Republic...averaged 3.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in six games.

High School: Played four years for Ron Mott at Okemos High...named team MVP three times...four-time all-league selection...twice named to Lansing State Journal Fab Five...1995 Lansing State Journal Greater Lansing Player of the Year...named to Detroit Free Press Dream Team as a senior...named first-team Class A all-state by Detroit News, AP and UPI as a senior...chosen to play in the BCAM All-Star Game...established a school record 115 blocked shots her senior year...team was 67-22 during her prep career with a state semi-final appearance in 1995...team ranked third in her final season...compiled 374 points, 250 rebounds, 125 assists and 80 steals her senior year...totaled 1,200 points, 830 rebounds, 289 assists, 263 steals and 370 blocked shots during her prep career...also lettered in track, competing in high jump, shot put, discus along with the 400 and mile relays...was named all-league three times in track...basketball and track team captain as a senior.

Personal: Born Nov. 1, 1978, she is the daughter of Gaylan and Carolyn Rasmussen...Kristen is majoring in kinesiology education...was a nominee for the 1999 NCAA Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year award...father played baseball at Utah State and is currently a professor and extension specialist in the department of park, recreation and tourism resources and a member of the athletic council at MSU...mother was active in the cultural arts at Utah State and later earned a master's degree in secondary education from MSU...brother, David, played basketball at Wake Forest...sister, Linnette, played basketball for Grand Valley State...sister, Cheryl, earned a vocal scholarship to MSU where she is currently a senior...sister, Jeanene played basketball at Okemos High and earned a master's degree in secondary education from MSU.

Rasmussen's Career Double-Doubles

1998-99 - 12

Opponent	         Pts.	Reb.
Texas A&M (11/28)	18	11
Ohio (12/9)	10	12
Iowa (1/17)	18	11
Michigan (1/20)	29	11
Minnesota (1/22)	10	14
Purdue (1/31)	21	11
Indiana (2/5)	22	10
Northwestern (2/12)	28	17
Indiana (2/26)	13	12
Akron (3/11)	14	10
Michigan (3/14)	12	11
Wisconsin (3/17)	12	15
1997-98 - 8

Opponent	         Pts.	Reb.
Vanderbilt (12/3)	14	11
UCSB (12/19)	11	10
Hawai'i (12/20)	12	15
McNeese St. (12/22)	14	12
Ohio State (1/9)	15	11
Michigan (1/18)	15	10
Iowa (2/1)	        11         10
Indiana (2/22)	10	10

1996-97 - 3

Opponent	         Pts.	Reb.
Minnesota (2/7)	14	11
Ohio State (2/7)	10	15
Portland (3/14)	23	11

CAREER TOTALS

				-- Three-Point --
YEAR	GP-GS	FG-FGA	FG%	FG-FGA	FG%	FT-FTA	FT%	REB	AVG	HG	PF-D	A	BL	ST	PTS	AVG	HG	MIN
1996-97	29-11	98-190	.516	1-1	1.000	46-67	.687	157	5.4	15	60-1	23	39	21	243	8.4	23	552
1997-98	27-27	124-245	.506	0-2	.000	74-91	.813	217	8.0	20	60-1	45	45	26	322	11.9	23	759
1998-99	31-31	188-363	.518	7-21	.333	87-109	.798	286	9.2	17	88-2	96	57	42	470	15.2	29	973
Career	87-69	410-798	.514	8-24	.333	207-267	.775	660	7.6	20	208-4	164	141	89	1035	11.9	29	2284

CAREER HIGHS

Points - 29 vs. Michigan, 1/20/99

Field Goals - 13 vs. Northwestern, 2/12/99

FG Attempts - 18 vs. Akron, 3/11/99

Rebounds - 20 vs. Penn State, 12/30/97

Assists - 8 vs. Indiana, 2/5/99

Blocks - 6 vs. Indiana, 2/26/99

Steals - 4 vs. Wisconsin, 2/7/99; vs. Michigan, 1/20/99

Career Double-Doubles -23

Career Double Figure Scoring Games -56

Career Double Figure Rebounding Games -26

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