November 15, 1998
Site: Breslin Center - East Lansing, MI
Game Result: Michigan State 73, Central Michigan 48
Records: Michigan State 1-1; Central Michigan 0-1
MSUs Next Action: MSU vs. Boston College - Nov. 22, 1998 (3 p.m.) - Boston, MA
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore guard Donita Johnson scored a career-high 14 points off the bench to lead the Michigan State womens basketball team to a 73-48 victory over Central Michigan today at the Breslin Center. The win improved MSUs record to 1-1 overall, while the Chippewas suffered the loss in their first game of the season.
Johnson scored nine of her 14 points in the second half and helped the Spartans take a 56-36 lead with 6:26 left in the game. MSU outscored the Chippewas, 13-2 over the last 3:15 of the contest en route to the victory.
"I thought we came out ready to play today," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "We played aggressively, got a lot of help off the bench and had some people who played outstanding games. Specifically, Christie Pung, Donita Johnson and Abby Salscheider really gave us a big lift off the bench.
"Our defense made a big difference today," Langeland added. "We want our defense to create some offense for us and that was a big factor for us in this game."
Overall, the Spartans came up with 20 steals, forced 25 turnovers and held the Chippewas to just 33 percent shooting from the field.
Junior Kristen Rasmussen led the Spartans in scoring for the second-straight game with 20 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Becky Cummings added 10 points and 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.
Johnson, who scored just 27 total points in 1997-98, hit 6-of-8 shots from the field in 23 minutes of action. Salscheider provided a spark off the bench for the second time in as many games, scoring eight points and pulling down five rebounds in 15 minutes. Pung was steady at the point, dishing off two assists and coming up with two steals in her 14 minutes of play.
The Spartans have just one game next week, a contest against Boston College in the Reebok Classic on Sunday, Nov. 22.