Gussert achieves different kind of success at MSU
After her final home game at the Breslin Center in late February, Lexi Gussert spoke to Lady Spartans fans on Senior Night. Gussert went from high-school superstar to contributing role player at Michigan State, a journey filled with joys and sorrows and finally fulfillment. (submitted photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—Let’s face it, Lexi Gussert led a charmed basketball life while playing in her hometown of Crystal Falls. She was a phenom from an early age at Forest Park, a tall and wondrously talented athlete who often outperformed everyone on the court, girls or boys.
In high school, Gussert created a tsunami of accomplishment, her name plastered all over the state record books. She finished with 2,630 points, the fourth most in state history and the most ever scored by a prep girl or boy in the Upper Peninsula. To this day, Gussert remains atop the all-time state list for 3-pointers made in a season with 105. She is also second in career 3-pointers made (274), tied for fourth in 3-pointers made in a game (10) and is among the all-time leaders in rebounds in a season (312) and for her career (1,108).
According to the MHSAA website, only five players – three girls and two boys – have ever scored more points in their high school careers than Lexi Gussert. She was twice voted the Associated Press Class D Player of the Year and was picked as the Michigan Girls Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year after her senior season.
Yes, 2011 through 2014 were some halcyon years for Gussert and the Lady Trojans, which culminated with a state runner-up finish in 2014 and with Gussert named Miss Basketball in recognition as the best female prep player in the state.
And so when she enrolled at Michigan State University in 2014 and stepped onto the court with her new teammates, Gussert basically dismissed the words of caution from those who knew, that despite her prodigious high school accomplishments, she was about to face a whole new level of player and athlete.