Jan. 11, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. -
Indiana (6-9/1-3) at Michigan State (11-4/2-2)
Thursday, Jan. 13 * 7 p.m. * East Lansing, MI
Michigan State plays its second straight home game when it hosts Indiana at the Breslin Center (15,138) on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
Following the contest with the Hoosiers, the Spartans will have a week before they travel to Iowa City, Iowa to take on Iowa. That game is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m., EST.
Thursday's game against Indiana will be on WJIM (1240 AM), with Mike Vander Woude calling the action. Tracy Renken provides the analysis.
Broadcasts of all MSU games can be accessed on the internet at www.msuspartans.com. The game with the Hoosiers will televised live on AT&T Cable (channel 17).
Ben Stark calls the aciton with Paula Sanders and Sue Carter providing the analysis.
Michigan State is 11-4 overall and in fifth place in the Big Ten with a 2-2 mark. The Spartans split a pair of conference games last week, losing to Northwestern (58-55) and beating Wisconsin, 75-61.
After winning its first seven games of the year, the Spartans have gone 4-4 in their last eight contests.
Indiana comes into the game at 6-9 overall and tied with Iowa for ninth place in the league with a 1-3 mark.
The Hoosiers went 1-1 in the Big Ten last week, beating Michigan (77-72) at home before dropping a 91-61 decision to 16th ranked Illinois in Champaign.
Michigan State Spartans (11-4 Overall/2-2 Big Ten) PPG RPG APG F 52 Kristen Rasmussen, 6-4, Sr., East Lansing 14.3 10.6 1.9 bpg F 32 Becky Cummings, 6-3, Jr., Walled Lake 16.4 7.7 1.5 G 34 Donita Johnson, 5-10, Jr., Clinton Township 4.7 4.9 4.8 G 21 Maxann Reese, 5-9, Sr., Highland Park 14.9 3.3 2.7 G 40 Vnemina Reese, 5-7, RFr., Fort Wayne, IN 4.7 3.2 4.6
OFF THE BENCH
F 23 Maria Recker, 5-10, Fr., Auburn, IN 5.0 1.7 0.9 C 45 Erin Skelly, 6-5, Jr., Maple Grove, MN 4.8 3.9 0.5 F 25 Abby Salscheider, 5-11, So., Bluffton, IN 3.1 1.2 0.4 G 22 Christie Pung, 5-5, Jr., Pewamo 2.7 0.6 1.7
IN THE POLLS
Michigan State received 4 votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll.
Michigan State coach Karen Langeland is in her 24th season at the helm of the Spartan program. A native of Grand Rapids, Langeland has a career coaching mark of 368-282.
Langeland, who is the dean of Big Ten Conference women's basketball coaches, has guided the Spartans to three postseason appearances in the last four years, including a quarterfinal appearance in the WNIT last season.
Jim Izard is in his 12th season at Indiana and in his 19th collegiate campaign overall. Izard has a record of 184-150 with the Hoosiers and a career coaching ledger of 347-199.
Michigan State is 25-16 against Indiana, including wins in six of the last eight meetings.
The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers twice last season, 86-69 in Bloomington and 88-69 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind.
MSU is 12-6 against IU in games played in East Lansing.
ABOUT THE HOOSIERS
IU is just 1-6 away from Assembly Hall this season, with its only victory coming against Middle Tennessee State in Tucson, Arizona.
The Hoosiers have a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging in double figures. Sophomore center Jill Chapman leads the way, averaging 16.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game average.
Sophomore guard Heather Cassady contributes 15.3 points per game and is the team's top three-point threat, hitting 30-of-91 from behind the arc.
As a team, the Hoosiers are averaging 69.6 points per game, but allowing 71.4 per contest. IU is shooting 39 percent from the field and 69 percent from the free throw line.
BACK STREET BOYS TICKETS
Women's basketball fans can enter a drawing to win two tickets to the Back Street Boys concert at the Breslin Center in March.
Fans can enter their name once at each of the remaining home games. A drawing will be held during MSU's final home contest of the year against Michigan on Feb. 20.
Entry boxes will be set up throughout the arena.
HOME WINNING STREAK AT 10 GAMES
Michigan State extended its home winning streak to 10 games with its 75-61 victory over Wisconsin on Jan. 9.
The Spartans' last home loss came against defending national champion Purdue on Jan. 31, 1999 (80-66).
MSU has a record of 93-42 (.689) in 10 years at the Breslin Center.
The Spartans' home winning streak ties for the third best in program history.
Consecutive Home Wins
13 11/30/96 - 11/21/97 12 2/7/77 - 2/25/78 10 2/12/99 - current 10 3/4/90 - 1/27/91 9 1/13/81 - 1/2/82
BIG TEN STANDINGS
(as of 1/11/00)
Big Ten Overall 1. Penn State 4-0 1.000 13-2 .867 Illinois 4-0 1.000 14-4 .778 3. Michigan 3-1 .750 11-4 .733 4. Northwestern 2-1 .667 5-8 .385 5. Michigan State 2-2 .500 11-4 .733 6. Purdue 1-2 .333 9-4 .692 Ohio State 1-2 .333 8-5 .615 8. Minnesota 1-3 .250 7-7 .500 Indiana 1-3 .250 6-9 .400 Iowa 1-3 .250 4-9 .308 11. Wisconsin 0-3 .000 6-6 .500
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Penn State def. Minnesota, 82-30
Wisconsin at Northwestern
January 13 Illinois at Penn State
Indiana at Michigan State
Minnesota at Iowa
Purdue at Ohio State
Northwestern at Indiana
Penn State at Iowa
Minnesota at Purdue
Wisconsin at Ohio State
Michigan at Illinois
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
Illinois def. Wisconsin, 80-74
Indiana def. Michigan, 77-72
Northwestern def. Michigan State, 58-55
Ohio State def. Minnesota, 59-50
Penn State def. Purdue, 55-50
Illinois def. Iowa, 86-60
Wisconsin def. Loyola, 86-71
Michigan def. Purdue, 74-67
Penn State def. Florida, 91-67
Illinois def. Indiana, 91-61
Northwestern def. Iowa, 53-52
Michigan State def. Wisconsin, 75-61
FREE THROW MAGIC
Senior Maxann Reese extended her consecutive free throw streak to 20 with a 4-for-4 performance against Wisconsin. Her streak is the fifth-longest in MSU history.
Reese has not missed a free throw since missing on her only attempt against Butler on Dec. 5. The Spartan guard is shooting 91 percent (29-of-32) from the line this season.
Junior Becky Cummings tied the MSU single-game record for free throw percentage (1.000) with a perfect 11-for-11 performance against Michigan on Dec. 30.
Cummings is one of eight players to be perfect from the charity stripe on 10 or more attempts. She went on to hit 19 consecutive free throws, the sixth longest streak in Spartan history. Cummings is shooting 68 percent from the charity stripe on the season.
Senior guard Maxann Reese has not connected on a three-point field goal since the game with North Carolina (five games) on Dec. 19.
Reese, who led the Big Ten in three-pointers per game (2.39/game) last season, is averaging 1.20 triples per contest this season.
As a team, the Spartans are shooting 32 percent from behind the arc. In the last four games, MSU is shooting just 4 percent (1-of-27) from three-point range.
While Michigan State is among the Big Ten leaders in overall scoring offense (75.0 ppg), the Spartans are averaging just 63.3 points per contest in four Big Ten games.
MSU was held to 55 points in the loss to Northwestern on Jan. 6, its second-lowest output of the season.
Prior to conference play, the Spartans had topped the 80-point mark six times, surpassing the number of times (5) it scored more than 80 last year.
MSU has been held to less than 70 points in each of its losses this season (54 vs. Notre Dame, 65 vs. North Carolina, 61 vs. Michigan, 55 vs. Northwestern) and in its victory over Ohio State (62).
CUMMINGS TO THE FOREFRONT
Junior forward Becky Cummings has been rock solid for Michigan State this season.
The Walled Lake native leads the team and is among the leading scorers in the Big Ten with a 16.4 points per game average, while she ranks 10th in the league with a 7.7 rebounds per game mark.
Cummings has topped the 20-point mark five times this year, including 23 points in the loss to Michigan on Dec. 30.
Cummings currently leads the Big Ten and is among the national leaders with a .601 field goal percentage.
Cummings ranks 16th place on the MSU all-time chart with 448 rebounds and ranks 26th on the all-time scoring chart with 721 career points.
The 6-3 forward posted her fifth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Wisconsin on Jan. 9.
RASMUSSEN TOPS IN THE BIG TEN
Senior forward Kristen Rasmussen leads the Big Ten and is among the national leaders with a 10.6 rebounds per game average. She is also tops in the league with eight double-doubles this season. Rasmussen, who has totaled 31 in her career, has posted a double-double in six of the last seven games.
Junior Becky Cummings is also among the league leaders with five double-doubles.
The Spartans are 5-0 this season when Rasmussen and Cummings post a double-double in the same game and 10-2 in the last 12 games when they accomplish that feat.
SPARTANS LEAD BIG TEN IN FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE
MSU leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage with a .451 mark (all games).
The Spartans have shot 50 percent or better from the floor four times, including a season-high 55 percent in the win over Butler on Dec. 11.
Michigan State is second in the Big Ten in rebounding with a 42.9 boards per game average.
The Spartans have outrebounded 11 opponents and are 9-2 in those contests. MSU outrebounded North Carolina, 39-37, but lost to the Tar Heels, 82-65, while the Spartans topped Michigan on the boards, 44-39, but fell 64-61 on the scoreboard.
MSU has garnered 50 or more rebounds three times this season, including a season-best 56 against Appalachian State on Nov. 19.
RASMUSSEN MOVING UP BIG TEN ALL-TIME CHART FOR BLOCKED SHOTS
Senior forward Kristen Rasmussen had four blocks in the win over Wisconsin to improve her career total to 170. Rasmussen ranks eighth on the Big Ten all-time chart for blocked shots.
Rasmussen, who is MSU's all-time leader, needs 30 blocks to become one of just six players in conference history to record 200 blocks in a career.
Big Ten Career Blocked Shots Leaders
367 Trish Andrew (UM) 1989-93 269 Quacy Barnes (IU) 1994-98 268 Kim Calhoun (PSU) 1993-96 235 Tangela Smith (IOWA) 1994-98 220 Stacey Lovelace (PU) 1993-96 192 Molly Tadich (MINN) 1983-87 172 Anucha Browne (NU) 1981-85 170 Kristen Rasmussen (MSU) 1997-SA
MORE ON RAS
Senior Kristen Rasmussen has stepped up her play since Big Ten action began. In the first four conference games, Rasmussen is averaging 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game and shooting 62 percent from the field.
The 6-4 forward is third on the team averaging 14.3 points and 10.6 rebounds per game overall.
The Spartan co-captain ranks among the Big Ten leaders (all games) in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals per game (2.40) and blocked shots (1.93).
Rasmussen stands fifth on the MSU all-time scoring chart with 1,250 points and fifth on the all-time rebounding chart with 819 boards.
The Spartan co-captain became the fifth player in Spartan history to record 800 boards in a career when she pulled down eight rebounds against Northwestern (Jan. 6).
The East Lansing native is one of just three players in Spartan history to score 1,000 points and pull down 800 rebounds in a career. Rasmussen is in the elite group with Kris Emerson (1,590 pts./933 reb.) and Mary Kay Itnyre (1,189 pts./821 reb.).
Senior guard Maxann Reese is second on the team and among the top 10 in the Big Ten with a 14.89points per game average.
A First-Team All-Big Ten selection last year, Reese stands fourth on the MSU all-time scoring chart with 1,316 points.
The Highland Park native was held to just five points in the win over Ohio State on Jan. 2, the first time this season she has not scored in double figures.
Reese is also contributing 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
The Spartan co-captain is MSU's all-time leader in three-point field goals with 185, a number that ranks her among the top eight in Big Ten history.
Reese has topped the 20-point mark three times this season, including a season-high 25 points in the win over Illinois State on Dec. 2.
SETTLING IN AT THE POINT
Redshirt freshman Vnemina Reese has started to find her groove at point guard. Reese is among the top five in the Big Ten with a 4.57 assists per game mark.
Reese, who started the first six games a year ago before being sidelined with a knee injury, is contributing 4.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
In the first four Big Ten games of the year, she is averaging 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native distributed a career-high 10 assists in the win over Dayton on Dec. 17.
TOUGH ?D? LEADS TO WINS (MOST TIMES)
MSU has held 11 opponents to less than 70 points this season and is 9-2 in those contests.
The Spartans won 17-straight games when holding the opposition to less than 70 points before their 64-61 loss to Michigan on Dec. 30.
MSU gave up just 50 points in its win over Ohio State on Jan. 2 and 58 in its loss to Northwestern on Jan. 6.
THREE IS OPEN
Coach Karen Langeland has juggled her starting lineup in the last three contests, looking for more production out the three position.
Recker started against Ohio State, while Salscheider started the game against Northwestern and Johnson returned to the lineup against Wisconsin.
CALL IN THE RECKER
Freshman Maria Recker has provided MSU with valuable minutes of the bench, averaging 14.7 minutes per contest.
While Recker has started twice this season, she has been more productive off the bench.
The rookie from Auburn, Ind., is fourth on the team with a 5.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per game average.
She has scored in double figures three times this season, including a career-high 15-point effort against Ohio on Dec. 21.
Michigan State has struggled with turnovers in the last eight games. During that span, the Spartans are averaging 19.5 turnovers per game.
MSU has had 20 or more miscues in four of the last eight games, including a season-high 29 in the win over Ohio State.
The Spartans have improved in their last two games, averaging 15.0 per contest.
DESPERATELY SEEKING RESERVES
Head coach Karen Langeland is desperately seeking some production from her bench.
The Spartan reserves outscored seven of their first eight opponents, but have been outscored in five of the last seven contests.
The Spartan bench is averaging 18.9 points per game overall, while their opponents average 17.3 per contest.
In the first three Big Ten games of the year, MSU got just 6.7 points per game from its bench. The Spartan reserves were held scoreless in the loss to Michigan and contributed just four points in last Thursday's setback to Northwestern.
The Spartans responded in the win over Wisconsin on Jan. 9, outscoring the Badgers, 19-8.
ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE
Skelly scored 10 of her 12 points in the second half to help MSU pull out the win. She also contributed six rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes of action.
The 6-4 post player is averaging 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season.
SPARTANS WIN NINE NON-CONFERENCE GAMES
MSU went 9-2 in the non-conference season, the first time it has won nine non-league games since 1981-82, the first year of sanctioned Big Ten play.
START BEST EVER FOR SPARTANS
Michigan State posted a 7-0 mark before suffering its first loss of the season, the best start in school history.
The previous record was the 6-0 record the 1983-84 squad posted to open the campaign en route to an 18-10 record.
WINNING STREAK TOPS SINCE 1996-97
MSU's seven-game winning streak to start the season is the longest since the 1996-97 season, the year it won the Big Ten. The seven straight victories tie for the third longest winning streak in program history.
Rasmussen joins Brenda Jezowski and Christine Powers as the only players in history to serve as team captain three times. Rasmussen was also a co-captain in 1997-98 with Jamie Wesley.
The Spartans scored 100 points in a game for just the seventh time in program history with their 100-point effort against Appalachian State on Nov. 19.
The last time MSU reached the triple-digit mark was on Feb. 7, 1997 when it beat Minnesota, 102-51, at the Breslin Center.
Six of MSU's seven 100-point outbursts have come at home.
The Spartans got an early start on their 1999-2000 season with a 10-day trip to British Columbia, Canada in August.
MSU practiced for 10 days prior to departing for Canada and posted a 5-0 record during its tour.
The Big Ten coaches picked MSU to tie with Michigan for fifth place in the league in a preseason poll released at the conference media day on Oct. 31.
Penn State is the favorite to win the league crown followed by Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue.
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING
MSU backcourt mates Vnemina Reese and Maxann Reese are not related. The duo does have the distinction of being the first Spartan teammates since Sue Tucker and Mary Tucker in 1984 and 1985 with the same last name.
MSU SIGNS FORWARD FROM ONNECTICUT
Michigan State signed Anne Peck to a national letter of intent during the early signing period.
The 6-2 forward from Madison, Conn., was an Honorable Mention USA Today All-American in 1999 after averaging 22.8 points and 12.6 rebounds per game as a junior.