Feb. 17, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. - Senior Maxann Reese scored a season-high 32 points to lift the Michigan State women's basketball team to an impressive 84-64 win over 17th-ranked Purdue tonight at the Breslin Center. The win was the 15th-straight at home for the Spartans, who are 12-0 this season at the Breslin Center. MSU improves to 17-7 overall and 8-5 in the Big Ten, while the Boilermakers fall to 17-7 overall and 9-5 in the league.
"That was a great effort and outstanding performance by our basketball team tonight," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "We did a great job in terms of shot selection and our defense was pretty good. We had some great performances from players off the bench and Abby Salscheider played well for the second game in a row.
"Maxann Reese had a very good basketball game," Langeland added. "She came ready to play. She played good defense and ran the floor well every time, which is exactly what we ask her to do."
Reese scored 17 of MSU's first 22 points and the Spartans raced out to a 34-24 lead with 5:48 to go in the first half. Kelly Komara hit three straight triples to spark an 11-0 Boilermaker run, giving Purdue a 35-34 lead with 3:39 remaining. Junior Donita Johnson hit an eight-foot jumper to end the run and the Spartans went into the half with a 44-38 advantage.
A layup by Camille Cooper pulled Purdue within one point at 46-45 with 17:51 to go, but Becky Cummings and Abby Salscheider combined for 13 points during a 17-3 Spartan run to push the lead to 63-48 with 11:23 remaining. The Boilermakers would never threaten again.
"Anytime you have 20 turnovers, give up 26 points on those turnovers and don't defend and rebound, this is going to happen to you," Purdue coach Kristy Curry said. "Michigan State out-hustled and out-played us and wanted it more than we did."
The Spartans shot 55 percent from the field, committed just 11 turnovers and outrebounded Purdue, 32-26.
Reese hit 13-of-23 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Senior Kristen Rasmussen contributed 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals, while junior Becky Cummings added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore Abby Salscheider had another strong effort off the bench, scoring 14 points, on 7-of-8 shooting from the field. Salscheider, who is averaging 3.3 points per game, has scored 29 points in her last two contests.
Komara led the Boilermakers with 21 points, while Cooper added 15 points. The Spartans held the Big Ten's leading scorer Katie Douglas to 12 points, well below her 21.5 per game average. Purdue shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, but just 40 percent in the second half.
The Spartans, who move into a tie with Illinois for fourth place in the Big Ten with the win, make their final home appearance of the season on Sunday, Feb. 20 when they host Michigan at 5 p.m.
* Junior Erin Skelly made her first start of the season.
* Maxann Reese hit four three-pointers to become the seventh player in Big Ten history to record 200 triples in a career. She has 202 in her career.
* Kristen Rasmussen had four rebounds to become the second player in Spartan history to reach the 900-rebound mark.
* Junior Donita Johnson came off the bench to score four points and dish out nine assists.
* Redshirt freshman Vnemina Reese scored three points, dished out eight assists and had just two turnovers.