Oct. 28, 2000
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team played their annual Green-White Scrimmage Game on Saturday evening (Oct. 28) at the Breslin Center. It was the first game for the Spartans under new Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie.
The Green-White game was played in a four 10-minute quarter format with players switching teams after each quarter. The Green squad posted a 45-39 victory, after taking an 18-8 lead into the locker room at halftime.
"This was a great opportunity for our staff to try out many different combinations," said MSU Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie. "As a staff, we are looking for defense and intensity from the team. It is also an opportunity for us to determine our top five."
Senior center Erin Skelly (Maple Grove, Minn./Osseo HS) led all scorers with 11 points and also added six rebounds. Freshman Julie Pagel (Utica, Mich./Utica HS) recorded 10 points and four rebounds. Pagel also added four steals.
Freshman Candice Jackson (Lansing, Mich./Lansing Everett HS) posted nine points and three rebounds. Also finishing with nine points were junior forward Abby Salscheider (Bluffton, Ind./Bluffton HS) and senior forward Becky Cummings (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central HS). Sophomore point guard Vnemina Reese (Fort Wayne, Ind./South Side HS) finished with eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.
"This game will help us move forward," commented McCallie. "The Green-White game gives everyone on the team an opportunity to play. I see it as a good progression moving forward to our first exhibition game."
Michigan State opens play next Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., at the Breslin Center when they face the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) in an exhibition contest.