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Michigan St. 71, No. 4 Penn St. 63

January 23, 2000

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Becky Cummings scored 18 points and Kristen Rasmussen had 17 as Michigan State beat No. 4 Penn State 71-63 on Sunday, snapping the Lady Lions’ 12-game winning streak.

The victory marked only the second time Michigan State (14-4, 5-2 Big Ten) has beaten Penn State (16-3, 7-1).

Stifling a high-powered Penn State offense that has averaged nearly 80 points, the Spartans held Penn State to just 25 second-half points, holding Penn State scoreless for more than eight minutes. The Lady Lions shot 24.2 percent in the second half.

The Lady Lions relied on 12 first-half points from Andrea Garner to keep the Spartans in check, taking a 38-35 halftime lead. For the Spartans, offensive production from the post was never a problem. Sparked by 10 first-half points by Cummings, the Spartans managed 26 of its first 30 points from the post.

Michigan State opened the second half with a 17-4 run that gave it a 53-42 lead. But Penn State, which entered the game 15-0 when leading at the half, answered with six straight points from its backcourt to pull within 53-48.

Maria Recker added 13 points for Michigan State. Maren Walseth led Penn State with 17 points and Chrissy Falcone scored 11.

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