Feb. 13, 1998
East Lansing, MI - Purdue junior Ukari Figgs scored 25 of her career-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Boilermakers to a 67-62 victory over Michigan State at the Breslin Center. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Spartans and dropped their overall record to 11-12 and their Big Ten mark to 5-8. Purdue improved to 15-8 overall and 8-5 in the conference.
A three-point play by Kristen Rasmussen at the 18:02 mark of the second half gave MSU its biggest lead of the game at 38-29. Purdue's full-court press sparked a 16-3 run and gave the Boilermakers their first lead of the game at 45-41 with 10:43 remaining.
The game stayed tight the rest of the way with five ties and four lead changes over the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Freshman Nikki Davis' driving layup tied the game at 62-62 with 3:11 to play. The Boilermakers went up by one on a free throw by sophomore Michelle Duhart with 2:09 remaining.
The Spartans were unable to keep pace and Purdue took a 65-62 advantage on a layup by freshman Katie Douglas with 26 seconds left in the game. Sophomore Maxann Reese's three-point attempt was off and the Spartans were forced to foul where Figgs iced the victory with two free throws with eight ticks left on the clock.
Figgs hit 8-of-13 shots from the field and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe. Douglas added 12 points off the bench, while junior Stephanie White contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers.
Rasmussen paced MSU with 19 points, while junior Pernille Dalgaard came off the bench to score 13 points.
Michigan State travels to Champaign, Ill., to face Big Ten leader and 10th-ranked Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 15. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m., EST.