Women's Basketball Downs Indiana, 86-69
Spartans gain valuable road win.
February 5, 1999
Site: Assembly Hall - Bloomington, IN
Game Result: Michigan State 86, Indiana 69
Records: Michigan State 12-10 overall, 6-6 Big Ten, Indiana 13-13 overall; 2-10 Big Ten
MSU's Next Action: at Wisconsin, Feb. 7 , 1999 (8 p.m., EST) - Madison, WI
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Kristen Rasmussen scored 20 of her game-high 22 points in the second half to lead Michigan State to an 86-69 road win over Indiana tonight at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind. With the win, the Spartans improve to 12-10 overall and 6-6 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers lose their fifth straight and fall to 13-13 overall and 2-10 in the conference.
"I was very pleased with our performance, I thought it was a great effort on both ends of the court," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "We followed our game plan defensively and really did the job we wanted to do. At the offensive end, everything seemed to go our way."
The Spartans continued to shoot well from the field, hitting at a 59 percent clip in the first half to take a 43-39 advantage into the break.
MSU missed its first four shots of the second half and Kristi Green hit a three-pointer to give Indiana a 44-43 edge at the 18:19 mark, its first lead since it held a 22-19 advantage with 9:53 to go in the first half.
Sophomore Donita Johnson's jumper culminated a 6-0 run as MSU regained the lead for good at 49-44 with 16:32 left to play.
Kameelah Morgan's triple with 14:50 to go brought the Hoosiers within two at 51-49, but the Spartans responded with another run and went up 57-49 with 12:37 left to play on a basket underneath by Rasmussen.
The Hoosiers twice pulled within four points, but Rasmussen's jumper with 6:24 left gave MSU an 11-point lead (69-58) and put the game out of reach.
The contest was a statistical gem for the Spartans, who shot 57 percent for the game and had just 11 turnovers, the second lowest of the season for MSU.
In addition to her 22 points, Rasmussen pulled down 10 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. She also had a career-high eight assists, just missing a triple-double.
Junior Maxann Reese had 17 points, while sophomore Becky Cummings recorded her sixth double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Johnson had the game of her career, scoring 13 points and dishing off a career-high 11 assists. She also added two blocks and two steals and didn't commit a turnover in 38 minutes of action.
"Donita had an outstanding game," Langeland said. "The thing that doesn't show up in the stats is her defense. I thought that was the most outstanding part of her game tonight.
"I think everyone did a nice job tonight," Langeland added. "It was a real team win."
Senior Cindy Kerns led Indiana with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while rookie Jill Chapman and Morgan contributed 16 each for the Hoosiers, who had 17 turnovers and shot just one free throw in the game.
MSU concludes its two-game road trip on Sunday, Feb. 7 against Wisconsin. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m., EST at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The game will be televised live on Midwest SportsChannel.