Women's Basketball Closes Regular Season at Iowa and vs. Minnesota
Feb. 19, 2001
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Tip-Off -- Michigan State (9-16 overall, 3-11 Big Ten) closes out the Big Ten regular season with a pair of games this week. The Spartans travel to Iowa Thursday (Feb. 22) for a 7 p.m. CST tip-off with the Hawkeyes. On Sunday (Feb. 25), MSU closes out the regular season entertaining Minnesota at the Breslin Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. EST. Iowa enters Thursday's game with a 15-9 overall mark and 10-4 Big Ten slate. Iowa beat Ohio State 74-59 on Sunday. Minnesota (8-17 overall, 1-13 Big Ten) hosts Wisconsin on Thursday before making the trek to Michigan State on Sunday. The Golden Gophers lost at Purdue 96-43 on Sunday.
About Michigan State
Pagel Candidate For Freshman Of The Year Honors -- Julie Pagel continues to make her point for Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. She currently leads the team and ranks third in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.9 rpg) and is tied for the team lead and ranks eighth in the Big Ten in steals (2.0 spg). In addition, she leads the team in scoring (11.2 ppg). The 11.2 points-per-game average is 25th in the Big Ten. Pagel is one of two freshmen (Illinois' Iveta Marcauskaite the other) to appear in the top 30 in both scoring and rebounding. Pagel has scored in double figures in 14 games this season, including 11 of the last 13. She finished with 18 points in the loss at Illinois. In Big Ten play only, Pagel leads the team in scoring 13.4 points-per-game and ranks 13th in conference action. In addition, she is averaging 7.4 rebounds -- a mark which places her sixth in conference play.
Cummings Out Of The Lineup -- Senior forward Becky Cummings is questionable for this week's action. She has missed two straight games (at Northwestern & Illinois) after reinjuring her foot vs. Indiana (Feb. 11). Cummings missed five games (Dec. 5-20) with a torn plantar fascia in her left foot suffered late in the first half of the Dec. 3 Eastern Michigan contest. She returned to action at Indiana (Dec. 31). She played five games, before sitting out three straight contests (at Purdue, vs. Michigan & at Penn State) after reaggravating her injured foot in practice Jan. 17. Cummings is averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16 games this year.
This Week's Opponents
Ones To Watch - Four of Iowa's five starters are averaging in double figures, led by Lindsey Meder at 17.4 points-per-game. Randi Peterson (12.3 ppg), Jennie Lillis (11.1 ppg) and Cara Consuegra (10.8 ppg) round out the Hawkeye's in double figures.
All-Time Series -- Iowa leads the all-time series, 24-13. The Spartans are 5-12 all-time in games played in Iowa City.
The Last Meeting -- Behind 18 points and 11 rebounds by Randi Peterson, Iowa beat MSU 71-56 on Feb. 1 at the Breslin Center. The Spartans were led by Julie Pagel with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Coach P vs. Iowa -- MSU head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 0-1 all-time vs. Iowa.
Minnesota (8-17 overall, 1-13 Big Ten)
Ones To Watch - Guard Lindsey Whalen and center Kim Prince pace the Minnesota squad. Whalen is averaging a team-best 17.1 points and 1.7 steals. Meanwhile, Prince is averaging 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds.
All-Time Series -- Michigan State leads the all-time series, 21-13. The Spartans have won seven of the last nine meetings. MSU is 12-4 all-time in games played in East Lansing.
Last Meeting -- MSU handed Minnesota a 66-65 defeat in Minneapolis on Jan. 7. Julie Pagel had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Spartans.
Coach P vs. MINN -- MSU head coach Joanne P. McCallie is 1-0 vs. Minnesota.
Last Week's Action
More Spartan Notes
Tickets For Big Ten Tournament -- Tickets are now on sale for the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament which will be held in Grand Rapids, Mich., March 1-4. All-sessions tickets are $45 and provide admission for the five-session, 10-game tournament. Tickets can be purchased through the MSU Ticket Office by calling: 1-800-GO-STATE.
Senior Day Activities -- MSU will honor five seniors following Sunday's game (Feb. 25) with Minnesota as Becky Cummings, Nikki Davis, Donita Johnson, Christie Pung and Erin Skelly will be honored in the post-game ceremony.
So Close -- Julie Pagel narrowly missed a double-double with an 18-point, nine-rebound effort at Illinois. It is the fourth time this season that she has been one rebound or one point shy of a double-double. For the season, Pagel has three double-doubles.
Reese Has Strong Night -- Vnemina Reese narrowly missed her career best with a 22-point performance in the win over Northwestern. Reese's career best is 23 points, set against Michigan (1/25/01). Reese was 6-of-14 (.429) from the field, including a 2-for-5 (.400) effort from the three-point line. Reese, who was shooting just 61.3 percent (38-of-62) from the free throw line entering the game, finished 8-of-10 (.800) from the charity stripe. For the season, Reese is averaging 10.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 25 games.
Stepping Up Her Play -- Since moving into the starting rotation against Illinois (Jan. 14), Christie Pung has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.8. She has 34 assists against just 19 turnovers in the past 10 games. In the first 15 games, Pung totaled 21 assists and 17 turnovers. In the win over Northwestern, Pung finished with seven assists and just one turnover in 30 minutes.
From The Stripe -- MSU shot 74.3 percent (26-of-35) from the free throw line against Northwestern. It was MSU's second-best percentage of the season. The Spartans' final 23 points came via the charity stripe. Individually, Vnemina Reese was 8-of-10 (.800) from the line while Christie Pung was 9-of-12 (.750).
Breaking Through On Offense -- MSU scored 77 points in the win over Northwestern, marking the first time since Dec. 20 that the Spartans have scored over 70 points. The 77 points are MSU's third-highest total of the season, behind the 101 points vs. Chicago State (Nov. 26) and the 81 points vs. Central Michigan (Dec. 20).
Rebound The Ball -- The Spartans continue to pace the Big Ten in rebound margin at +5.8. MSU holds a 38.2-to-32.4 edge on the boards. MSU has outrebounded its opponent in 20 of the 25 games this season, including a 33-to-25 advantage on the glass at Illinois.
Block That Shot -- Senior center Erin Skelly needs one more block shot to reach 100 for her career. She currently sits in second place all-time at MSU with 99 blocked shots, and would become just the second player in school history to record 100. Kristen Rasmussen (1997-2000) holds the MSU record with 194. This season, Skelly leads MSU with 33 blocks, placing fourth in the Big Ten. The 33 blocked shots rank tied for sixth on the single-season chart. Incidentally, Skelly swatted away 33 in 1999-2000.
From The Free Throw Line -- MSU is connecting on just 59.8 percent (292-of-488) of its attempts from the charity stripe for the season. That mark ranks last in the Big Ten statistics. Individually, Maria Recker leads MSU in free throw shooting (.800, 12-of-15) while Christie Pung is second (.745, 35-of-47).
Moving Up The Freshman Chart -- Julie Pagel continues to make her mark on MSU's freshman records chart. Pagel's 280 points place her fourth on the freshman scoring chart. She needs 20 more points to move into third place, surpassing Mary Kay McNall (1982-83, 299).
In addition, Pagel's 198 boards place her fourth on the freshman rebounding chart. Kim Archer (1983-84) is third with 240 boards.
Pagel is fifth on MSU's freshman records chart with 49 steals. Kim Archer (1983-84) holds down the fourth position with 54 steals.
Pagel also ranks in the top 10 in field goal percentage, field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted.
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