Reese Named First-Team All-Big Ten
 
 
 
Junior guard Maxann Reese <br> becomes just third Spartan ever to earn<br> First-Team All-Big Ten honors.
 
Junior guard Maxann Reese
becomes just third Spartan ever to earn
First-Team All-Big Ten honors.

 
 

February 26, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference announced its all league team today in Indianapolis, Ind., the site of the 1999 conference tournament, and Michigan State junior guard Maxann Reese was named to the First-Team All-Big Ten squad by the league coaches.

The Highland Park native is just the third player in program history to earn first team all-league honors, joining Kisha Kelley (1994-95) and Paula Sanders (1996-97) in that elite category.

"I'm very pleased that Max and Kristen received the recognition that they deserve," MSU coach Karen Langeland said. "They have both done so much for our team this year.

That's pretty great company that Max is in at Michigan State," Langeland added. "Paula Sanders and Kisha Kelley were just outstanding athletes and students at Michigan State and Max certainly deserves to be in that elite group. She has been very focused and as consistent as she has been in her three years at Michigan State. Max is so tough to defend because she shoots the three well, she can hit the pull up jumper and she can take the ball to the hole. She has great quickness and athletic ability, while her versatility is the biggest key to her game."

In addition to Reese, junior forward Kristen Rasmussen was named to the All-Big Ten second team by the league coaches and a media panel, while sophomore Becky Cummings was an honorable mention honoree by the media.

"Kristen probably deserves to be first team, but there are so many quality athletes in the conference this year that you have to pick and choose and there can only be eight players on first team," Langeland said. "If Michigan State had finished in the top five in the Big Ten, Kristen would likely have been on the first team.

"Kristen does so much for our team," Langeland added. "Her versatility is her greatest strength. She is a 6-4 player who runs the floor well, she scores, rebounds and blocks shots. She does a little bit of everything."

Reese leads the team and is third in the Big Ten in scoring with a 17.5 points per game average. The Spartan tri-captain is second in the Big Ten in three-pointers per game with a 2.35 average.

Rasmussen ranks among the Big Ten leaders in five different categories. She is seventh in the league with a 15.8 points per game average and is second with an 8.9 rebounds per game mark. She also is in the top 10 in the conference in field goal percentage (.532/5th), free throw percentage (.788/6th) and blocks per game (1.88/1st).

Cummings is averaging 11.8 points per game and ranks eighth in the Big Ten with a 7.5 rebounds per game contest.

1998-99 ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS

As selected by the Coaches

FIRST TEAM

Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue

Ukari Figgs, Purdue

Amy Herrig, Iowa

Andrea Garner, Penn State

Marrita Porter, Ohio State

Helen Darling, Penn State

Susan Blauser, Illinois

Maxann Reese, Michigan State

SECOND TEAM

Megan Chawansky, Northwestern

La Tonya Sims, Wisconsin

Katie Douglas, Purdue

Stacey Thomas, Michigan

Kristen Rasmussen, Michigan State

Tauja Catchings, Illinois

Alicia Sheeler, Illinois

Anne Thorius, Michigan

HONORABLE MENTION: Cindy Kerns (Indiana); Michaela Moua (Ohio State); Lisa Shepherd (Penn State); Jessie Stomski (Wisconsin).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jessie Stomski, Wisconsin

COACH OF THE YEAR: Carolyn Peck, Purdue

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Jessie Stomski, Wisconsin

Allison Curtin, Illinois

Lindsey Meder, Iowa

Jill Chapman, Indiana

Kelly Komara, Purdue

As selected by the Media

FIRST TEAM

Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue

Amy Herrig, Iowa

Ukari Figgs, Purdue

Andrea Garner, Penn State

Marrita Porter, Ohio State

La Tonya Sims, Wisconsin

Susan Blauser, Illinois

Megan Chawansky, Northwestern

SECOND TEAM

Helen Darling, Penn State

Maxann Reese, Michigan State

Stacey Thomas, Michigan

Kristen Rasmussen, Michigan State

Katie Douglas, Purdue

Tauja Catchings, Illinois

Jessie Stomski, Wisconsin

Alicia Sheeler, Illinois

HONORABLE MENTION: Jill Chapman (Indiana); Cindy Kerns (Indiana); Cara Consuegra (Iowa); Anne Thorius (Michigan); Becky Cummings (Michigan State); Sonja Robinson (Minnesota); Larecha Jones (Ohio State); Lisa Shepherd (Penn State); Camille Cooper (Purdue); Michelle Duhart (Purdue)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stephanie White-McCarty, Purdue

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Jessie Stomski, Wisconsin

COACH OF THE YEAR: Carolyn Peck, Purdue