Jan. 11, 1998

Michigan State Women's Basketball Falters Against Minnesota

Gophers Defeat Spartans, 81-73

Box Score

East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team dropped an 81-73 decision to Minnesota today at the Breslin Center before 2,683 fans. The loss dropped MSU to 7-9 overall and 1-5 in the Big Ten and helped Minnesota improve to 4-11 overall and gave the Gophers just their second win in 32 Big Ten regular-season games.

The Gophers dominated the game from the opening tip and went into the half with a 43-32 lead. Minnesota continued its dominance in the second half, opening with a 7-0 run and quickly extending its lead to 18 points (50-32) at the 18:38 mark.

Following a 20 second timeout, Spartan coach Karen Langeland pulled her starters and went with five freshman on the floor. The Spartan rookies held their own throughout the rest of the game, but the Gopher lead was too much to overcome.

Junior Pernille Dalgaard's layup with 1:10 remaining in the game, pulled MSU within nine points at 74-65. Sophomore Maxann Reese nailed her third three-pointer of the game with nine second left in the game to cut Minnesota's lead to 79-73, but it wasnit enough as Minnesota drove the length of the court and scored on a layup by Kiauna Burns to close out the game.

Reese paced the Spartans with 18 points, while freshman Erin Skelly came off the bench to contribute a season-high 12 points and four rebounds. Sophomore Kristen Rasmussen was the only other Spartan in double-figures with 10 points.

Freshman Theresa LeCuyer led four Gopher players in double figures with 18 points. Burns came off the bench to add 15 points.

"Minnesota came out and obviously wanted the game more than we did," Langeland said. "They played an outstanding game on the road and just took it to us. We have absolutely no excuse for how we played. It was an embarrassing performance on our part."