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Michigan St. 94, No. 17 Northwestern 90

January 20, 1996

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Nicole Cushing scored 18 points and Michigan State’s bench outscored Northwestern’s reserves 30-5 Friday night as the Spartans upset the 17th-ranked Wildcats 94-90.

The victory was the 300th in the career of Michigan State coach Karen Langeland and the first loss in the Big Ten this season for the Wildcats (15-2 overall, 5-1 Big Ten).

The Wildcats took a 59-54 lead with 15:16 left to play on a 6-foot jumper by Kristina Divjak. But Cushing scored seven points during a 12-0 run as the Spartans opened a 66-59 lead with 12:47 left.

Northwestern used an 8-2 spurt to tie the score at 74 with 7:30 left. The score was tied again at 76 a minute later. But a three-point play by Zareth Gray ignited a 12-2 run that gave the Spartans a 90-80 lead with 3:33 remaining.

The Wildcats closed to 90-88 with 49 seconds left on a layuup by Katrina Hannaford and to 92-90 when Michele Ratay hit from the top of the key with 18 seconds left.

But Tamika Matlock hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds left and the Spartans held on.

Cheri Euler, Bella Engen and Paula Sanders had 15 points each for Michigan State (11-5, 3-3) and Jamie Wesley added 10 points and a career-high seven assists.

Ratay had 26 for Northwestern, Hannaford scored 24, and Divjak and Megan Chawansky had 13 points each. Chawansky had 12 assists.