November 23, 1998
Site: Fleet Center - Boston, MA
Game Result: Boston College 80, Michigan State 74 OT
Records: Boston College 3-0; Michigan State 1-2
MSU's Next Action: MSU vs. SMU - Nov. 27, 1998 (9 p.m., EST) - Dallas, TX
BOSTON, Mass. - The Michigan State women's basketball team dropped an 80-74 overtime decision to Boston College today at the Fleet Center in Boston, Mass. The Spartans fall to 1-2 overall with the loss, while the Eagles improve to 3-0 with the victory.
MSU jumped out to a 25-17 lead with 7:54 remaining in the first half, but was held scoreless for the next six minutes as the Eagles went on a 14-0 run to go up 31-25 with 2:17 remaining. Sophomore Becky Cummings ended the Spartan drought with a basket underneath and MSU went into the half trailing by just four at 33-29.
A pair of free throws by Becky Gottstein gave BC its biggest lead of the game at 46-39 with 10:08 left in the contest. A jumper by sophomore Nikki Davis minutes later tied the game at 46-46 with 8:55 to go, but the Eagles quickly responded and went back up by five at 51-46.
Senior Pernille Dalgaard nailed three-pointer with 4:02 left to make it 53-52 and give MSU its first lead since late in the first half. After five lead changes, the Eagles went up 61-59 with 1:39 left to play when Paula Bacso hit a three-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock was winding down.
MSU couldn't convert on its next possession and BC extended its lead to four on a bucket by Alyssa Murphy with 1:02 left. The Spartans called timeout, but couldnt score on their next play and fouled Bacso, who made one of two free throws to give the Eagles a 64-59 edge with 45 seconds remaining.
Gottstein picked up her fifth foul with 44 seconds left and junior Whitney Winberg made both free throws to cut the deficit to 64-61. BC failed to score on its next trip down the floor and MSU took possession and called timeout with 13 seconds left.
Following the timeout, junior Maxann Reese canned a three-pointer from the right wing with just two seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 64-64 and send the contest into overtime.
"I thought we showed a lot of poise and character in coming back to tie the game and send it into overtime," MSU coach Karen Langeland said.
With BC leading 76-72 in the extra session, Maxann Reese hit a jumper to cut the deficit to two points with just 27 seconds left. The Spartans were forced to foul down the stretch and the Eagles were perfect from the charity stripe to seal the victory.
Rasmussen paced the Spartans for the third-straight game with a season-high 22 points and nine rebounds. Maxann Reese ended the contest with 16 points, four rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes of play.
Cummings added 12 points, on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, and eight rebounds before fouling out with 3:28 left in regulation.
"Overall, it was a pretty good game," Langeland said. "We had a bad stretch right at the end of the first half where we didnt score for about five minutes and that played a big factor in the outcome of the game.
"We were getting the shots we wanted, but they just werent falling," she said of MSUs 30 percent field goal shooting in the second half.
Alyssa Murphy led the Eagles with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Paula Bacso added 18 points and seven boards.
MSU travels to Dallas next weekend for the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Classic hosted by SMU. The Spartans will take on the Mustangs on Friday, Nov. 27 at 9 p.m., EST. Texas A&M and Arkansas State face off in the other first round game at 7 p.m., EST.