Feb. 1, 1998

Michigan State Women's Basketball Downs Iowa

Reese Leads Spartans to 66-62 Win Over Second-Place Hawkeyes

Box Score

EAST LANSING, MI - Sophomore guard Maxann Reese scored a game-high 27 points in leading Michigan State to a 66-62 victory over Iowa before 4,212 fans at the Breslin Center on Sunday. The victory lifted MSU to 9-11 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes fall to 10-9 overall and 7-3 in the conference.

"You have to give it to Maxann Reese," Iowa coach Angie Lee said. "What can I say, 27 points, that is a valiant effort. She is a great player."

The contest was close throughout with 12 lead changes and 11 ties. The Hawkeyes led 34-31 at the half and went up by as many as six points in the second half. The Spartans eventually tied the game at 52-52 on a three-pointer by Reese with 9:31 remaining in the game.

Reese hit her fourth three-pointer of the game with 2:49 remaining to give MSU a 62-60 lead. The Hawkeyes tied the contest on a layup by senior Tangela Smith at the 1:53 mark.

With the Hawkeyes pressing in the final minute of play, MSU coach Karen Langeland substituted freshman Christie Pung in the game for the first time for an extra ball handler. Pung helped Reese break the press and found sophomore Kristen Rasmussen under the basket for a layup, giving MSU a 64-62 lead with 1:08 left to play.

Iowa was unable to convert and was forced to foul senior Jamie Wesley with 10 seconds remaining in the game. Wesley canned both free throws to secure the win for the Spartans.

Reese finished with 27 points, her fourth-straight 20-point effort. Wesley added 16 points, a career-high nine rebounds and five steals. Rasmussen ended the contest with 11 points and 10 boards.

The Spartans shot just 36 percent from the field in the game, including a dismal 29 percent in the first half. MSU edged out the Hawkeyes on the boards, 38-37 and committed just nine fouls. MSU's bench was held scoreless in the game, despite 10 players seeing action.

"That was a great effort and a very good performance on our part," Langeland said. "It was our best performance of the year by far. I think our team is finally starting to come together on the defensive side of the court and it made all the difference in the world.

"For the second time this week a great performance from Maxann Reese. She gets my vote for Big Ten Player of the Week."