Dec. 17, 1999
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season with an 83-68 victory over Dayton tonight at the Breslin Center in the Spartans' final home game of 1999. The Flyers fall to 4-5 with the loss.
?When you haven't played for six days and you are coming off of final exams you have no idea what to expect,? MSU coach Karen Langeland said. ?We played very sloppy tonight. We played a lot like we did at Notre Dame and maybe the only difference was that Dayton isn't quite as good as Notre Dame. Fortunately we got our act together and won the game.?
The Spartans got their transition game going late in the second half to pull away from the Flyers, who tied the score at 58 with 7:29 to go. Overall, the game featured 11 lead changes and six ties.
Junior Donita Johnson and redshirt freshman Vnemina Reese sparked MSU's running game, dishing out 10 assists apiece, the first time in school history that a pair of players posted double-digit assists in the same game.
Senior Maxann Reese scored six points during a 10-4 run to give the Spartans a 68-62 advantage with 4:15 left to play.
?They started to transition us in the last five minutes and we missed some easy shots and that put a lot of pressure on our defense,? Dayton coach Jaci Clark said. ?Becky Cummings and Kristen Rasmussen really picked up their games and hurt us on the inside.?
Cummings scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, while Rasmussen posted 12 of her 17 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. Each player also posted their third double-double of the season with 11 and 15 rebounds, respectively. Rasmussen contributed five steals and tied her career high with six blocks.
Christi Hester single-handedly kept the Flyers alive, scoring 24 points, while Alena Martens came off the bench to add 12.
The Spartans will face 10th-ranked North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 19 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in the first of three-straight road games. Tipoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.