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Jan. 9, 1998

Michigan State Runs Past Ohio State for First Big Ten Win

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team ended a four-game losing streak and picked up its first Big Ten win of the year with a convincing, 85-56, victory over Ohio State. With the win, Michigan State improved its record to 7-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference, while the Buckeyes fell to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten.

The Spartans shot 54 percent from the field and scored 26 points off 25 Buckeye turnovers en route to the victory. Senior Bella Engen scored a game-high 21 points, hitting 10-of-13 shots from the field.

MSU took a slim 36-34 lead into the locker room, its first halftime advantage in a conference game this year. The Spartans opened the second half with a 13-2 run to quickly take a 13-point advantage (49-36) at the 16:15 mark.

Sophomore Kristen Rasmussen added 15 points and 11 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season, while rookie Becky Cummings came off the bench to add 14 points. Sophomore Maxann Reese contributed 11 points, while senior Jamie Wesley was held to a season-low four points.

Junior Larecha Jones was the only Buckeye to score in double figures with 15 points.

"It feels good to get our first Big Ten win," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "This was a good team effort, we had balanced scoring and a good game from a lot of people."

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