Spartans Overcome Halftime Deficit To Defeat Simon Fraser All-Stars
 
 
 
Junior Christie Pung hit<br>a pair of three-pointers and was<br>4-for-4 from the free throw line<br>en route to a 12 point effort on Saturday.
 
Junior Christie Pung hit
a pair of three-pointers and was
4-for-4 from the free throw line
en route to a 12 point effort on Saturday.

 
 

Aug. 21, 1999

Vancouver, British Columbia - The Michigan State women's basketball team overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat the Simon Fraser All-Stars, 74-66, on Saturday, Aug. 21 in Burnaby, British Columbia. The win improved the Spartans' record to 3-0 on their Canadian Tour.

?It's difficult to beat a good team three times, so I'm pleased to come away with a victory,? MSU coach Karen Langeland said. ?It was a sloppy game with way too many turnovers on our part and we didn't show any patience on offense tonight.

"On the other hand, part of what we are trying to do on this trip is give everyone a lot of playing time. That can sometimes create unusual combinations on the floor.?

MSU shot just 39 percent from the field in the first half as Simon Fraser pulled out to a 38-28 advantage at the break. The Spartans came out of the intermission and went on a 12-0 run capped by back-to-back baskets by Kristen Rasmussen (East Lansing/Okemos HS) to erase the deficit and take a 40-38 advantage at the 16:09 mark.

Simon Fraser cut the lead to a point with less than eight minutes to play, but MSU rattled off six straight points to push the lead to seven points at 60-53 with 5:43 to go.

The Spartans iced the victory at the charity stripe, connecting on 17-of-21 free throws in the second half.

Rasmussen again paced MSU with 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

?I've been very pleased with Kristen's consistency and leadership on the floor in the first three games,? Langeland said.

Senior Maxann Reese (Highland Park) contributed 14 points, while junior Christie Pung (Pewamo) added 12 points. Junior Erin Skelly (Maple Grove, MN) got her first start of the trip and added nine points and nine rebounds.

The Spartans now move on to Victoria, British Columbia, where they will face the Victoria All-Stars in a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday.

MSU BOX SCORE

Player	FG-FGA	FT-FTA		REB		PTS	A	TO	S	MIN
M. Reese	4-8	5-6		1-1=2		14	1	2	1	24
Pung	3-7	4-4		0-1=1		12	2	2	0	30
Salscheider3-8	1-2		3-1=4		7	3	3	1	23
Skelly	4-10	1-4		3-6=9		9	1	0	1	26
Rasmussen	6-13	9-10		0-9=9		22	3	0	1	31
Blazek	0-1	0-0		0-0=0		0	0	1	0	6
Davis	0-2	0-0		0-4=4		0	0	3	1	11
Cummings	2-6	0-3		2-2=4		4	1	2	0	17
Czubak	DNP
Johnson	1-2	2-2		1-1=2		4	2	1	0	22
V. Reese	1-1	0-0		0-4=4		2	0	3	2	10
Winberg	DNP
TOTALS	24-58	22-31		10-29=39	74	13	17	7	200

FG% - 24-58 (.414)	FT% - 22-31 (.709)	3PTFG% - 4-5 (.800)
3Pt. FG ? Pung (2-3), Rasmussen (1-1), M. Reese (1-1)

				1st	2nd	Final
Michigan State			28	46	74
Simon Fraser All-Stars		38	28	66