Jan. 27, 2000
Columbus, Ohio - Michigan State committed a season high 32 turnovers in a 64-50 loss to Ohio State tonight at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The setback snapped the Spartans' four-game winning streak, leaving them with a 14-5 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes improve to 10-8 overall and 3-5 in the league.
"We went from playing our best game of the year to our worst," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "Ohio State played a great game. They put a lot of defensive pressure on us, taking us out of our offense and forcing us to turn the ball over."
The Buckeyes jumped out to an 11-2 lead to open the game and went into the half with a 29-16 lead. The Spartans had more turnovers (19) than points in the first 20 minutes of the game.
OSU took its biggest lead of the game at 43-24 with 12:13 left to play before MSU made its only significant run of the contest.
Foul trouble ended the Spartans' hopes of a comeback as the Buckeyes went to the free throw line 22 times in the final seven minutes of the contest, hitting 13 of the freebies to secure the win.
Rasmussen recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Spartans. Redshirt freshman Vnemina Reese was the only other player in double figures with a season high 10 points. She also had five rebounds and five assists.
Tomeka Brown led the way for Ohio State with 19 points, while Lauren Shenk added 17 points.
The Spartans, who are 5-5 away from the Breslin Center this season, face another difficult road test on Sunday, Jan. 30 when they face No. 21 Illinois in Champaign, Ill.