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Jan. 18, 1998

Michigan State Women's Basketball Falls to Michigan

Box Score

Ann Arbor, MI - The Michigan State women's basketball team lost its second-straight Big Ten game, an 81-65 decision to intrastate rival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Jan. 18.

The Wolverines were deadly from three-point range, hitting 9-of-21 shots from behind the arc en route to the victory. With MSU holding a 29-28 lead with 4:26 remaining in the first half, Michigan canned four-straight triples to go into the half with a 40-30 advantage.

In the second half, each time MSU cut the lead to single-digits the Wolverines had an answer. A layup by sophomore Kristen Rasmussen at the 6:47 mark cut Michigan's lead to 61-54, but the Wolverines countered with a 12-5 run to increase their lead to 14 points (73-59) with 3:12 remaining and put the contest out of reach.

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Maxann Reese.

Sophomore Maxann Reese led the Spartans with 20 points, while Rasmussen finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Erin Skelly came off the bench to add a career-high 13 points, while Bella Engen also added 13 points.

Junior Ann Lemire paced the Wolverines with 23 points, including 5-of-7 from three-point range. Sophomore Stacey Thomas added 16 points, while senior Molly Murray scored 15 points, including 3-of-4 from three-point land.

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