January 22, 1999
Site: Breslin Center - East Lansing, MI
Game Result: Michigan State 73, Minnesota 58
Records: Michigan State 10-8 overall, 4-4 Big Ten; Minnesota 7-11 overall, 2-6 Big Ten
MSU's Next Action: vs. Illinois - Jan. 24, 1999 (2:00 p.m., EST) - East Lansing, MI
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team defeated Minnesota, 73-58, tonight at the Breslin Center, giving 23rd-year head coach Karen Langeland the 350th victory of her career. With the win, the Spartans improve to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten, while the Gophers fell to 7-11 overall and 2-6 in the league.
"I had forgotten that it was No. 350, but obviously my team remembered," said Langeland, who was doused with water by her team following the victory. It's one of those things that isn't real important right now, maybe down the road it will be. The thing that strikes me about it is that one, I'm old and two, that there are a lot of people who are responsible for those wins. An awful lot of athletes and great number of very, very good assistant coaches and I thank those people.
"Overall, it was a good win," Langeland added. "We had good play from a lot of people. Maxann Reese was hot. She had great shot selection and everything she put up there seemed to go in. It was one of Donita Johnson's best games, she really looked to score when she had the opportunity, she did a great job defensively and she handled the ball very well."
Reese scored 18 of her season-high 27 points in the first half to help MSU take a 43-32 lead at the break. The junior guard connected on 5-of-8 shots from the field and was 3-of-4 from three-point range in the opening 20 minutes for the Spartans, who shot 59 percent from the field in the first half.
Johnson converted a three-point play at the 14:33 mark of the second half to give MSU its biggest lead of the game at 56-39. The Gophers then went on an 11-2 run culminated by a driving layup by Jackie Tate to cut the deficit to eight at 58-50 with 8:43 remaining. A jumper by Erin Skelly quickly gave the Spartans a double-figure lead that they would never relinquish.
Junior forward Kristen Rasmussen ended the game with 10 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for her third consecutive double-double, while Johnson tied her career high with 14 points.
Sonja Robinson led Minnesota with 20 points, while Brandi Harris added 11.
MSU will host Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m., at the Breslin Center.
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