Nov. 22, 1997

Michigan Captures Felpausch Classic Title

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Wolverines dominated the boards and shot well from the field to defeat Michigan State, 89-72, to capture the Felpausch/MSU Holiday Classic title. The victory snapped MSU's school-record 13-game home winning streak and evened the Spartans' record at 1-1.

The Wolverines (2-0) cruised to a 39-28 halftime lead behind the 13-point, 12-rebound performance of senior center Pollyanna Johns. Michigan was able to hold MSU in check in the first half, outrebounding the Spartans, 30-19. MSU hurt its own cause, shooting an anemic 25 percent from the field.

Senior Bella Engen's fastbreak layup at the 14:09 mark of the second half pulled MSU within nine points at 51-42, but it was as close as the Spartans would get. Freshman Anne Thorius answered with a pair of three-pointers during a 10-0 Michigan run to put the Wolverines up 61-42 with 11:37 left in the game.

Thorius paced Michigan with 22 points, while Johns ended the game with 21 points and a game-high 16 rebounds.

Engen led four Spartans in double-figures with 18 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Kristen Rasmussen, who earned tournament MVP honors, scored 12 points and had three steals. Junior Pernille Dalgaard and sophomore Maxann Reese rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points each.

1997 Felpausch/MSU Holiday Classic
All-Tournament Team
Connie Krueger, Fresno State
Stacey Thomas, Michigan
Anne Thorius, Michigan
Jamie Wesley, Michigan State
Pollyanna Johns, Michigan

MVP - Kristen Rasmussen, Michigan State