December 13, 1998
MICHIGAN STATE WOMENS BASKETBALL
Site: SIU Arena - Carbondale, IL
Game Result: Michigan State 66, Southern Illinois 56
Records: Michigan State 6-3; Southern Illinois 1-6
MSUs Next Action: vs. Notre Dame - Dec. 21, 1998 (7:30 p.m., EST) - Breslin Center
CARBONDALE, Ill. - Junior guard Maxann Reese scored 18 of her season-high 26 points in the second half to lead the Michigan State womens basketball team to a 66-56 win over Southern Illinois today in Carbondale, Ill. The win improved MSUs record to 6-3 overall, while the Salukis fell to 1-6 on the season.
After jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game, the Spartans struggled with turnovers and poor shooting to fall behind 31-26 at the half.
Reese sparked a 10-0 run to open the second half as the Spartans went up 36-31 at the 15:36 mark. The Salukis regrouped to tie the contest at 36, but reserves Abby Salscheider and Whitney Winberg helped MSU extend its lead to nine points with a 10-1 run to give the Spartans a 46-37 lead with 11:38 left in the contest.
A basket by ODesha Proctor cut MSUs lead to four points, but the Spartans responded and Reeses bucket with 1:58 to go gave MSU its biggest lead of the contest at 59-48.
"We hit our first five or six shots of the second half and kind of took them by surprise," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "We went cold and they started going inside to their post players and we didnt do a very good job defending so they were getting a lot of easy shots inside.
"For the first time all year we made some great adjustments at halftime," Langeland added. "Not so much the strategy as a team, but the individual adjustments we made. I thought Becky (Cummings) came out and did a much better job defensively and Whit (Winberg) came out and really helped us in the post."
Reese hit 11-of-21 shots from the field en route to her 26-point effort. Senior Pernille Dalgaard added a season-high 14 points, while Salscheider came off the bench to add a season-high eight points in 15 minutes of action.
The Salukis held MSUs frontline combo of Kristen Rasmussen and Becky Cummings to just six and four points, respectively.
"I cant say enough about Max and the game she had," Langeland said. "Shes put together three or four games in a row like this. Fortunately, with Kristen and Becky getting double teamed inside, Max carried us."
The Spartans are now idle until Dec. 21 when the host sixth-ranked Notre Dame. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m., at the Breslin Center.
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