Feb. 20, 2000
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State women's basketball team dropped a 90-87 decision in double overtime to Michigan Sunday in its last home game of the season in front of a record 7,733 fans at the Breslin Center. The loss snapped a 15-game home winning streak causing the Spartans to fall to a 17-8 overall record and 8-6 in the Big Ten. With the win Michigan clinched second place in the Big Ten (11-3), while improving to 19-6 overall.
"I want to thank the community and the Michigan State family for the unbelievable support that they gave today," Spartan head coach Karen Langeland said following the contest. "The people that were here had an unbelievable treat because this is about as good as it gets as far as a college basketball game."
MSU led at the half by seven points (40-33). The Spartans' biggest lead (61-50) came 10:26 left in the second half on a layup from junior Becky Cummings. Michigan's LeeAnn Bies led the Spartans into their first overtime game of the season with a two-point shot to tie the score at 70.
Each team scored 10 points in the first overtime. Senior Kristen Rasmussen scored her last points of the game in the first overtime on a layup, giving her a season-high 22 points for the night. Rasmussen also recorded her 37th career double-double.
The Spartans headed into their first double overtime game since 1995 when senior Maxann Reese made a three-point shot from the left corner with 41.5 seconds left to tie it up at 80. Reese moved to fifth in the Big Ten for three-point field goals (205).
"I think both teams left everything they had out on the floor and I'm very proud of the effort our players gave," Langeland said. "We made some mistakes at the end. We let LeeAnn Bies do her thing, have her way out there, especially in that second overtime and that really killed us."
This marked the third-consecutive game that the Spartans have shot better than 52 percent from the floor.
"I was a tad bit angry because it was our defense and defense is nothing but effort," Michigan head coach Sue Guevara said. "We were getting out-rebounded again that's effort. We were getting beat on loose balls - effort. So we really went in and challenged their heart, their pride."
"It was anybody's ball game," Langeland said about the closing seconds of the double overtime. "It was one of those things where they scored the last basket. That's about as much it was. Anne (Thorius) played an OK game, then she just hit a huge three at the end."
Maxann Reese led the Spartans with 25 points. Reese had 10 field goals, two assists and two rebounds. Rasmussen had a hand in 22 of the Spartans points and led in rebounds with 15. Junior Erin Skelly tied a season high with 12 points.
Bies came off the bench to lead Michigan with 24 points and seven rebounds. Thorius scored 21 points for the Wolverines, while Alayne Ingram had 19 points. Stacey Thomas contributed 18 points and eight rebounds before fouling out at 2:26 left in regulation.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday, Feb. 24, when they travel to Purdue to take on the Boilermakers at 7:30 p.m.