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Womens hoops prepares for Wisconsin - Green Bay at Breslin

December 5, 2000

The women’s basketball team will have to learn how to win without the sure shot of co-captain and leading scorer Becky Cummings, as they host the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay tonight.

Senior forward Cummings tore her left foot’s plantar fascia in the team’s upsetting 66-59 loss Sunday to Eastern Michigan at the Women’s Basketball Showcase in Grand Rapids.

The plantar fascia is a tissue beneath the arc of the foot. Cummings, who averages 15 points and eight rebounds a game, rolled her ankle at the beginning of the second half and was benched the rest of the game, finishing with 10 points.

“She felt something tear,” head coach Joanne P. McCallie said. “She was limping - she was definitely unplayable.”

Becky Olson, the women’s basketball sports information director, said Cummings will be out of two games and will be questionable after that. The Spartans will play without her tonight and Friday, against Samford University on Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

Cummings is not only a key player because of her stellar shooting, but also because of her impressive offensive rebounding, said Eastern’s head coach Suzy Merchant.

“It’s not the first shot she takes that hurts,” she said. “It’s the second and the third that are the toughest.”

The Spartans and Green Bay Phoenix are both 3-3 and coming off tough losses. The Phoenix lost a home match-up Saturday against Xavier University, 94-85, while MSU was embarrassed by the Eagles.

But Green Bay has won three straight Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championships and was a No. 13 seed to the NCAA tournament last year. They lost in the first round of the Midwestern Region to No. 4 seeded Old Dominion University.

In order to beat the Phoenix, the Spartans could rearrange their starting lineup to match Green Bay’s three guard formation, Olson said.

Tip-off for the game is 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Breslin Student Events Center.


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