Jan. 2, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. - Junior Becky Cummings and senior Kristen Rasmussen combined for 33 points and 29 rebounds to lead the Michigan State women?s basketball team to a 62-50 victory over Ohio State today at the Breslin Center. The win extends the Spartans' home winning streak to nine games and gives MSU a 10-3 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes fall to 7-5 on the year and 0-2 in the league.
?You have to give Ohio State credit for the way they played defense in the first half,? MSU coach Karen Langeland said. ?In the second half, we adjusted to their defense and were able to get some good looks at the basket. I felt we played defense pretty consistently for 40 minutes, probably the most consistent that we have all season.?
The Spartans went into the intermission with a slim 27-25 lead, but took advantage of its size and poor shooting by the Buckeyes in the second half to pull away. MSU outrebounded the Buckeyes in the final 20 minutes, 33-14, while OSU shot just 27 percent from the field.
Cummings scored 10 points and had 11 of her career-high 15 rebounds in the second half, while Rasmussen pulled down 11 boards in the half to collect her fifth-straight double-double. Cummings ended the game with 16 points, while Rasmussen had a game-high 17 points and 14 boards.
MSU also got improved play from its bench. The Spartan bench did not score in last Thursday's loss to Michigan, but contributed 16 points and six rebounds in today's win. Sophomore Abby Salscheider led the way with seven points, while junior Nikki Davis added five points.
Lauren Shenk came off the bench to lead OSU with 11 points. Tomeka Brown was the only other player in double figures for the Buckeyes with 10 points.
?I think that might have been the poorest we have played beginning to end all season,? OSU coach Beth Burns said. ?Our veteran players really struggled. I'm the only coach in America trying to get people to shoot. We have great looks and we?re not taking shots. Georgia and Illinois are the only two teams to man us this year, all we have seen are zones. To be honest with you, it was almost irrelevant what Michigan State was doing because we were so bad.?
Michigan State returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 6 when it travels to Evanston, Ill., to face the Wildcats in an 8 p.m., EST tipoff. Following the game with the Wildcats, the Spartans return to the Breslin Center to play two straight.