Jan. 30, 1998

Women's Basketball Falls to No. 18 Wisconsin

Box Score

MADISON, Wis. - Sophomore guard Maxann Reese scored 17 of her game-high 23 points in the second half, but it wasn't enough as No. 18 Wisconsin pulled out a 72-65 victory on Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison. The loss dropped the Spartans to 8-11 overall and 2-7 in the Big Ten, while Wisconsin improved to 16-6 overall and 5-5 in the league.

Michigan State stayed close throughout the game and trailed by just one at 45-44 with 13:12 remaining in the contest. Ann Klapperich's basket at the 8:47 mark capped a 12-4 Badger run and put Wisconsin up, 57-48. A bucket by Tanisha Boston gave Wisconsin its biggest lead of the game at 66-53 with just 4:02 left in the game.

Reese canned back-to-back triples to pull the Spartans within 68-62 with just 38 seconds left in the contest. MSU had to foul down the stretch and the Badgers converted at the free throw line to secure the victory.

The Spartans were plagued by 23 turnovers in the contest, while the Badgers committed just nine.

"The difference in the ball game in my opinion was turnovers," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "I thought Wisconsin did a great job of taking care of the basketball. Anytime you can play a Big Ten game with only nine turnovers, you probably have a great chance of winning.

"Michigan State is better than we were two weeks ago, and hopefully we will continue to improve," added Langeland.

Reese ended the game with 23 points, including 7-of-11 from three-point range. Seniors Bella Engen and Jamie Wesley added 16 points each, while Engen contributed 10 boards for her third double-double of the season.

Klapperich paced Wisconsin with 21 points, while freshman LaTonya Sims scored 16 points and added 12 rebounds.