January 24, 1999
Site: Breslin Center - East Lansing, MI
Game Result: Illinois 82, Michigan State 60
Records: Michigan State 10-9 overall, 4-5 Big Ten; Illinois 12-7 overall, 6-3 Big Ten
MSU's Next Action: at Iowa - Jan. 29, 1999 (8:00 p.m., EST) - Iowa City, IA
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team came out sluggish and never recovered in a disappointing 82-60 loss to Illinois today at the Breslin Center. With the loss, the Spartans fall to 10-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference, while the Illini improve to 12-7 overall and 6-3 in the league.
"This is a tough conference and you certainly can't afford to lose home games," MSU coach Karen Langeland said.
The Illini scored 18 points off of 13 Spartan turnovers in the first half en route to a 45-29 halftime advantage.
Freshman Allison Curtin, who was starting for an injured Melissa Parker, scored seven of the Illini's first 12 points of the second half to help Illinois extend its lead to 24 points at 57-33 with 16:11 to go.
Junior Maxann Reese buried a triple from the top of the key to cut the deficit to 21 points (67-46) with 10:13 to go, but it was as close as the Spartans would get.
Reese led the Spartans with 16 points, while sophomore Becky Cummings had 12 points and six rebounds. The Spartans, who committed 24 turnovers, were without the services of sophomore point guard Christie Pung, who is out with a sprained shoulder.
MSU returns to action next weekend with a road game at Iowa on Friday, Jan. 29, before returning to the Breslin Center to host third-ranked Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m.