Feb. 7, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. -
Game #23 * Michigan State (16-6/7-4) at Wisconsin (11-9/5-6) * Sunday, Feb. 13 * 2:30 p.m., EST * Madison, WI
Game #24 * Purdue at Michigan State * Thursday, Feb. 17 * 7 p.m., EST * East Lansing, MI
Michigan State has just one game on tap this week, a Sunday matchup against the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Spartans, who have a bye on Thursday, will face the Badgers at the Kohl Center (17,142) in Madison on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 2:30 p.m., EST.
Sunday's game will be broadcast live on WVFN (730 AM). Mike Vander Woude is the voice of Spartan women's basketball this season and is joined by Paula Sanders.
Broadcasts of all MSU games can be accessed on the internet at www.msuspartans.com.
Sunday's game will be carried live on Midwest Sports Channel.
Michigan State is 16-6 overall and tied with Illinois for fourth place in the Big Ten at 7-4. The Spartans have won two straight and six of their last eight overall.
MSU picked up a pair of home wins last week, defeating Northwestern, 84-52 on Feb. 3 and downing Iowa, 74-64 on Feb. 6.
Wisconsin is 11-9 overall and in sixth place in the Big Ten with a 5-6 mark. The Badgers, who are 1-3 in their last four games, play two games before hosting the Spartans on Sunday.
Wisconsin will host Rice in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 8 before traveling to Minneapolis to face Minnesota on Thursday, Feb. 10.
The Badgers split a pair of home games last week, beating Minnesota (75-65) and falling to sixth-ranked Penn State (57-52).
Michigan State Spartans (16-6 Overall/7-4 Big Ten) PPG RPG APG F 52 Kristen Rasmussen, 6-4, Sr., East Lansing 14.2 10.5 1.9 bpg F 32 Becky Cummings, 6-3, Jr., Walled Lake 16.2 7.7 1.6 G 34 Donita Johnson, 5-10, Jr., Clinton Township 3.7 4.0 4.0 G 21 Maxann Reese, 5-9, Sr., Highland Park 14.8 3.2 2.4 G 40 Vnemina Reese, 5-7, RFr., Fort Wayne, IN 5.3 3.2 4.3OFF THE BENCH
F 23 Maria Recker, 5-10, Fr., Auburn, IN 5.4 1.8 0.8 C 45 Erin Skelly, 6-5, Jr., Maple Grove, MN 4.1 3.8 0.9 bpg G 22 Christie Pung, 5-5, Jr., Pewamo 3.5 0.6 1.8 F 25 Abby Salscheider, 5-11, So., Bluffton, IN 2.7 1.1 0.5
IN THE POLLS
Michigan State received 5 votes in last week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll.
Michigan State coach Karen Langeland is in her 24th and final season at the helm of the Spartan program. The MSU mentor will retire at the conclusion of this season.
A native of Grand Rapids, Langeland has a career coaching mark of 373-284.
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.
Jane Albright is in her sixth year at Wisconsin where she begins the week with a coaching record of 107-61.
Albright is in her 16th year in the collegiate ranks and owns a career won-loss record of 295-171.
THANKS FOR THE GIFTS
MSU coach Karen Langeland has received a couple of retirement gifts on her last three road trips.
Iowa coach Angie Lee gave Langeland a pewter mug with an Iowa insignia on it and a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble during MSU's visit on Jan. 20.
Ohio State coach Beth Burns presented the Spartan mentor with a gift certificate to Marshall Fields on Jan. 27.
Illinois coach Theresa Grentz gave Langeland a Calloway Big Bertha driver.
The Spartans have a 25-15 lead in their series with Wisconsin.
MSU defeated the Badgers, 75-61, on Jan. 9 at the Breslin Center in the first meeting between the two teams.
In that game, junior Erin Skelly came off the bench to score 10 of her season-high 12 points in the second half to lift the Spartans to the victory.
Junior Becky Cummings led the way with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
LaTonya Sims paced the Badgers with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Kelley Paulus was the only other player in double figures for Wisconsin with 11 points.
The two teams met three times last season, including once in the quarterfinals of the WNIT. MSU pulled out a 77-74 win in East Lansing last year before the Badgers won a pair of overtime games in Madison (73-68 and 70-69).
The Spartans are 7-12 in games played in Madison and have lost four-straight to the Badgers on the road. MSU is 0-3 at the Kohl Center.
ABOUT THE BADGERS
The Badgers have played seven ranked opponents this season and are 1-6 in those games. Their most recent loss came against No. 6 Penn State on Feb. 6 at the Kohl Center, 57-52.
Wisconsin is 4-4 at home this season, including a 3-1 mark against Big Ten opponents at the Kohl Center.
Junior forward LaTonya Sims leads the Badger offense, averaging 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jessie Stomski, the 1999 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, is contributing 13.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
The Badgers are still without freshman center Nina Smith, who has been sidelined since Jan. 1 with a fracture in her foot.
As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 69.4 points per game, while giving up 67.4 per contest. The Badgers are a good rebounding team, averaging 40.2 boards per game.
SPARTANS TOP RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE HOME VICTORIES
Michigan State improved to 11-0 at the Breslin Center this season with a 74-64 win over Iowa on Feb. 6. The win extended the Spartans home winning streak to 14 games, breaking the school record for consecutive victories at home.
MSU's last home loss came against defending national champion Purdue on Jan. 31, 1999 (80-66). MSU has a record of 97-42 (.698) in 10 years at the Breslin Center.
Consecutive Home Wins
14 2/12/99 - current 13 11/30/96 - 11/21/97 12 2/7/77 - 2/25/78 10 3/4/90 - 1/27/91
While Michigan State has flourished at home this season with a perfect 11-0 mark, it has struggled to just a 5-6 record on the road. The Spartans have won just once in five Big Ten road games.
MSU will play three of its final five regular season games on the road.
50 PERCENT EQUALS WINS
Michigan State is 7-0 this season when it shoots 50 percent or better from the field. The Spartans have shot 50 percent or better from the floor in three of the last seven games, including a season-high .556 in the first meeting with Iowa on Jan. 20.
MSU leads the Big Ten in field goal percentage in overall games with a .459 mark.
CUMMINGS HOT FROM THE FIELD
Junior Becky Cummings leads the Big Ten and is among the top three in the nation in field goal percentage (.637). In conference action, Cummings is shooting 67 percent from the floor.
She has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 17-of-22 games this season and is hitting at a .723 clip (47-of-65) in the last eight contests.
SEASON HIGH/SEASON LOW
Michigan State posted a season-high 15 steals in the win over Northwestern on Feb. 3 and committed a season-low eight fouls.
ON THE BOARDS
Michigan State has outrebounded 16 of 22 opponents this season and is 13-3 in those contests. The Spartans are second in the Big Ten with a 41.5 boards per game average overall.
MSU has garnered 50 or more rebounds three times this season, including a season-best 56 against Appalachian State on Nov. 19.
70 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
MSU is 15-0 this season when it scores 70 or more points. The only time the Spartans won when they failed to reach the 70-point mark was in their 62-50 victory over Ohio State on Jan. 2. The Spartans have topped the 80-point mark eight times this season, surpassing the number of times (5) it scored more than that last season.
MSU has been held to 65 points or less in five of its six losses this season (54 vs. Notre Dame, 65 vs. North Carolina, 61 vs. Michigan, 55 vs. Northwestern, 50 vs. Ohio State).
REESE MOVES INTO THIRD ON ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Senior Maxann Reese scored 19 points in the win over Northwestern to move into third place on the MSU all-time scoring chart where she currently stands with 1,419 points.
Reese moved past former Spartan Eileen Shea (1988-91/1,401 pts.) and now trails only Kisha Kelley (1,668) and Kris Emerson (1,590) on the scoring list.
ANOTHER MILESTONE AWAITS REESE
Maxann Reese is two three-point field goals shy of becoming just the seventh player in Big Ten history to record 200 triples in a career.
Reese, who is MSU's all-time leader in three-point field goals with 198, ranks eighth on the Big Ten all-time chart.
BECKY CUMMINGS NOTES
Becky Cummings has been one of MSU's most consistent players this season. She currently leads the team and is among the top five in the Big Ten with a 16.2 points per game average. Cummings also is among the top 10 in the league with a 7.7 rebounds per game average.
Cummings has scored 20 or more points seven times this year, including 23 points against Michigan (Dec. 30) and Central Michigan (Dec. 8).
The Walled Lake native tallied 20 points in the Feb. 3 win over Northwestern to become the 25th player in program history to top 800 career points. Cummings currently ranks 24th on the all-time scoring chart with 832 points.
She ranks had four rebounds against Iowa on Feb. 6 to become the 14th player in school history to record 500 rebounds in a career. Cummings stands 14th on the all-time rebounding chart with 501 boards.
RASMUSSEN TOPS IN THE BIG TEN
Senior forward Kristen Rasmussen leads the Big Ten and is among the national leaders with a 10.5 rebounds per game average. She is also tops in the league with 13 double-doubles this season.
Rasmussen, who has totaled 36 in her career, has posted a double-double in six of the last eight games.
Junior Becky Cummings is tied for second in the league with seven double-doubles.
The Spartans are 5-1 this season when Rasmussen and Cummings post a double-double in the same game and 10-3 in the last 13 games when they accomplish that feat.
RASMUSSEN NEARING REBOUND RECORD
Senior Kristen Rasmussen stands second on the MSU all-time rebounding chart with 890 boards. She is 10 rebounds shy of becoming only the second player in school history to reach the 900-rebound mark.
Rasmussen is 44 rebounds shy of moving past former Spartan great Kris Emerson (1984-87) as MSU's all-time leader. If Rasmussen averages at least 8.8 rebounds per game for the remainder of the regular season, she will pass Emerson.
MORE ON MAD MAX
With the emergence of other scorers this season, Maxann Reese has not had to provide as much offense for the Spartans as in the past.
What she has done this year is develop into a more all-around player. She averages a team-high 31.5 minutes per game and is among the team leaders in assists and steals.
Offensively, Reese is averaging 14.8 points per game, while contributing 3.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
A First-Team All-Big Ten selection last year, Reese has topped the 20-point mark four times this season, including a season-high 25 points in the win over Illinois State on Dec. 2.
RASMUSSEN SETS SIGHTS ON 200 BLOCKS
Senior forward Kristen Rasmussen is 17 blocks shy of becoming just the sixth player in conference history to record 200 blocks in a career.
She has 42 blocks this season, good for third on the Spartan single-season chart.
MORE ON RAS
Senior Kristen Rasmussen is one of the best all-around players in the Big Ten. She ranks among the league leaders in five different categories.
She is averaging 14.2 points per game, good for 13th in the league. She leads the Big Ten in rebounding (10.5 rpg), is third in field goal percentage (.543) and third in blocks per game (1.91 bpg). Rasmussen also stands 10th in the Big Ten in steals per game with a 2.04 average. Rasmussen stands fifth on the MSU all-time scoring chart with 1,348 points.
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.).
SETTLING IN AT THE POINT
Redshirt freshman Vnemina Reese has started to find her groove at point guard. Reese is 5th in the Big Ten with a 4.33 assists per game mark.
Reese, who started the first six games a year ago before being sidelined with a knee injury, is contributing 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. In Big Ten games, she is averaging 6.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Against Iowa on Feb. 6, Reese scored six points, pulled down a season-high seven rebounds and had six assists in 30 minutes of action.
The Fort Wayne, Ind., native scored a season-high 11 points against Northwestern on Feb. 3 and had 10 points in the loss to Ohio State on Jan. 27.
Reese distributed a career-high 10 assists in the win over Dayton on Dec. 17.
TOUGH "D" LEADS TO WINS
MSU has held 16 opponents to less than 70 points this season and is 13-3 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 has held five opponents to less than 60 points and is undefeated in those games. The Spartans are third in the league in scoring defense (63.2) for Big Ten games only.
RESERVES STEPPING UP
The MSU bench has outscored its opponent's reserves in six of the last eight games.
Overall, the Spartans are 12-2 when the bench outscores their opponents reserves.
The MSU bench is averaging 19.2 points per game overall, while its opponents average 16.1 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 the loss to Northwestern on Jan. 6.
Freshman Maria Recker has provided MSU with valuable minutes off 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 5.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game average.
She has scored in double figures four times this season, including a career-high 15-point effort against Ohio on Dec. 21. Recker pulled down a career-high seven rebounds in the win over Penn State on Jan. 23.
Junior Erin Skelly got the surprise of a lifetime following MSU's victory over Northwestern on Feb. 3.
The Maple Grove, Minn., native accepted a surprise marriage proposal from Josh Smith during a live post-game interview on AT&T Cable.
Smith is a junior backup center on the Spartan football team.
FREE THROW RECORDS
Senior Maxann Reese went 4-of-5 from the line against Illinois on Jan. 30, ending her consecutive free throw streak.
Reese connected on an MSU record 35 straight free throws prior to her miss.
Prior to the game with Illinois, Reese had not missed a free throw since Dec. 5.
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. Cummings went on to hit 19 consecutive free throws, the sixth longest streak in Spartan history.
CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS
35 Maxann Reese 12/8/99 to 1/30/00 33 Brenda Jezowski 2/25/83 to 12/12/83 27 Kristen Rasmussen 2/5/99 to 3/14/99 23 Maxann Reese 12/14/96 to 2/23/97 22 Chris Powers 12/4/93 to 1/2/94 19 Becky Cummings 12/30/99 to 1/6/00