Nov. 2, 2000
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's basketball team will open the 2000-01 season facing the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL) USA Elite Team in an exhibition contest this Saturday (Nov. 4), at 2 p.m., at the Breslin Center.
The NWBL USA Elite squad is composed of former NCAA Division I, II and III players, who compete against NCAA universities across the United States each fall. The NWBL is American's largest organized women's basketball league with over 600 adult players nationwide. Former Michigan State standout point guard Tamika Matlock (1995-97) is a member of the NWBL squad. Matlock was twice selected as MSU's MVP and earned All-Big Ten Second-Team honors as a senior in 1997. Matlock still holds MSU's single-season assist record (299), set in 1996-97 and ranks third all-time at MSU in career assists (403).
Michigan State returns nine letterwinners, including three starters from its 1999-2000 squad. The Spartans are led by senior forward Becky Cummings, who averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds as a junior, en route in earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors, sophomore point guard Vnemina Reese, junior forward Abby Salscheider and senior guard Donita Johnson. Reese averaged 5.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a redshirt freshman in 1999-2000. Salscheider averaged 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and shot 58.6 percent (51-of-87) from the field, while Johnson averaged 3.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists as a junior.
Following the NWBL game, Michigan State will continue exhibition play when they face the Houston Jaquars on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at the Breslin Center.