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Jan. 25, 1998

Michigan State Downs Northwestern, 76-65

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EAST LANSING, MI - Sophomore guard Maxann Reese scored a game-high 21 points and dished off a career-high nine assists in leading the Michigan State womens basketball team to a 76-65 victory over Northwestern today at the Breslin Center. The win moves the Spartans to 8-10 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten, while the Wildcats fall to 6-15 overall and 1-8 in the league.

It feels good to win, head coach Karen Langeland said. I thought we played well today. I cant say enough about Maxann Reese, she was outstanding today. It was the best all-around game of her career.

The Spartans broke open a close game midway through the second half, when some pinpoint passing by Reese resulted in four layups during a 15-5 MSU run. Reese scored on a driving layup and completed the three-point play with a free throw to give the Spartans a 64-54 advantage with 5:22 left in the contest.

Northwesterns Megan Chawansky converted her own three-point play to cut the lead to seven, but MSU responded with a 10-2 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 74-59 with just 55 seconds remaining.

Senior Bella Engen scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, while sophomore Kristen Rasmussen added 12 points and nine boards. Junior Pernille Dalgaard scored 11 points off the bench and was stellar on the boards with a career-high nine rebounds. Freshman Erin Skelly came off the bench and added 10 points and six rebounds for the Spartans.

Chawansky paced Northwestern with 17 points and eight rebounds, while Amber DeWall added 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

MSU will travel to Madison, Wis., to face nationally ranked Wisconsin on Friday, Jan. 30, before returning to the Breslin Center on Sunday, Feb. 1 against Iowa.

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