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Spartans Cruise Past Indiana, 78-56

Jan. 13, 2000

Box Score

East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team easily defeated Indiana, 78-56, tonight at the Breslin Center for its 11th-straight home win. With the victory, the Spartans improve to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers fall to 6-10 on the year and 1-4 in the league.

Senior Maxann Reese scored 16 points to lead a balanced scoring attack for the Spartans. Senior forward Kristen Rasmussen had another outstanding all-around game with 12 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots.

?I thought we played fairly well tonight,? MSU coach Karen Langeland said. ?I thought our defense was good, especially on Jill Chapman in the first half. One of the things we have been looking at is trying to get scoring off the bench and this is the second consecutive game that we have got that. All around, it was a pretty good effort.?

MSU had a stellar defensive performance in the first half, holding the Hoosiers to just 27 percent shooting from the floor and forcing 12 turnovers to jump out to a 34-15 halftime advantage.

Indiana worked the ball into 6-5 center Jill Chapman in the second half and she responded with 16 of her game-high 21 points in the final stanza, but the Hoosiers never got closer than 19 points.

Junior Christie Pung was one of nine Spartan reserves to see action in the game and she took advantage, scoring a season-high 12 points. Junior Becky Cummings contributed 15 points and nine rebounds.

The Spartans are now idle until Jan. 20 when they travel to Iowa City, Iowa to face the Hawkeyes.



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