Spartans Fall to Indiana in Big Ten Opener
BLOMINGTON, Ind. - The Michigan State (6-5/0-1) women's basketball team opened the 1997-98 Big Ten campaign with an 81-63 loss to Indiana in Bloomington Sunday.
The Spartans fell behind early in the game, trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half. Senior Jamie Wesley brought MSU back, scoring 16 of her season-high 19 points in the first half to pull the Spartans within 35-33 at the half.
Wesley nailed a three-pointer early in the second half to tie the score at 38-38, but Kameelah Morgan canned a pair of troples and scored 10 points during a 15-4 Hoosier run to give Indiana a 53-42 lead with 14:07 left in the contest.
The turning point in the game when Wesley left the contest at the 14:35 mark with a deep thigh bruise in her right leg. The Morrice native was unable to return to the game and her status for Tuesday's contest at Penn State will be determined at a later time.
The Spartans cut the Hoosier lead to 53-47 on a basket by Bella Engen with 12:57 left in the game, but Indiana responded with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Wesley paced the Spartans with 19 points, while Engen finished the contest with 18 points. Morgan led five Indiana players in double figures with a career-high 19 points. Quacy Barnes added 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for the Hooosiers, who outrebounded MSU, 49-25.
"It was an incredibly disappointing performance on our part," Spartan head coach Karen Langeland said. "We can't do it with only one or two players.
"It really hurt us when Jamie went out because she was doing such a great job defensively, not to mention her scoring. When she went out, no one was there to pick up the slack. You've got to have someone who is going to step up in that situation.
"As usual, we didn't do a very good job defensively and until we get better on defense, we're not going to win too many Big Ten games."