March 2, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. - Seniors Maxann Reese (Highland Park) and Kristen Rasmussen (East Lansing) have been named to the First-Team All-Big Ten women's basketball squad by the league coaches it was announced today in Indianapolis, Ind., the site of the 2000 Big Ten Tournament.
It is the first time in Spartan history that two players have been named to the first team, while Reese becomes the only player in school history to earn first team recognition twice.
Reese leads the team and is fifth in the Big Ten with a 15.7 points per game average. She has scored in double figures in 23 of 27 games this year, including a season-high 32 points in the win over No. 21 Purdue on Feb. 17. The Spartan guard ranks third all-time with 1,518 points, while she is MSU's all-time leader in three-point field goals with 207.
Rasmussen, a Second-Team All-Big Ten selection last season, averages 14.8 points per game. She leads the Big Ten and is 22nd nationally with a 10.2 rebounds per game average. The Spartan forward also leads the conference with 15 double-doubles.
The MSU co-captain ranks fourth on the all-time scoring chart with 1,434 points and just last weekend became the school's all-time leading rebounder.
Rasmussen was also a first team honoree by the media, while Reese was named to the second team along with junior Becky Cummings (Walled Lake).
Cummings, who averages 15.2 points per game, was an honorable mention pick on the coaches squad. She leads the Big Ten and is eighth in the nation with a .610 field goal percentage.
Redshirt freshman Vnemina Reese (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. She joins Maxann Reese as the only players in program history to be named to the conference all-rookie team.
Reese started the first six games of her career last season before being sidelined for the remainder of the year with a knee injury. She returned this year to start all 26 games she has played in. Reese is contributing 5.0 points per game and is third in the Big Ten with a 4.8 assists per game average.