Lady Dogs Drop 78-71 Game to Ok State

RENO, Nev. – Mississippi State's late rally came up short Thursday night as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 78-71 decision to undefeated Oklahoma State in the second contest at the University of Nevada-hosted Peppermill Classic.

The Lady Bulldogs (9-3) will now face the host squad from Nevada (3-9) at 7 p.m. central Friday night in the tournament's consolation game. In the other contest Thursday, Nevada was beaten 67-51 by Long Island at the Lawlor Events Center.

In Thursday's contest, the Lady Bulldogs started out strong. A 3-point by Danielle Rector and jumper by Porsha Porter placed the Maroon and White on top 19-13 with 10:40 left before halftime.

The Lady Bulldogs failed to build on the early offensive momentum, while the Cowgirls (8-0) moved the ball inside to take control of the contest.

Oklahoma State scored the game's next nine points. An old-fashioned 3-point play by OSU's Toni Young capped that run. After a layup by Porter brought MSU within one at 22-21, Oklahoma State again tacked on the game's next nine points. This time, a 3-point play by OSU's Taylor Schippers ran the lead to 31-21 with 4:08 left before halftime.

The Cowgirls ran the lead to 12 points before a couple of late transition baskets brought MSU within 35-29 at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Bulldogs hung tough but could not overcome 19 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs closed within four on two occasions early. After OSU ran the lead back out to double digits, the Lady Bulldogs again had the lead to four at 73-69 on two free throws by Porter with less than a minute remaining.

The Cowgirls hit 5-of-6 foul shots to close out the win.

For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 22 of 64 shots from the field (34.4 percent), 8 of 20 shots from 3-point range (40.0 percent) and 19 of 24 shots from the foul line (79.2 percent). The Cowgirls hit 28 of 64 shots from the field (43.8 percent), 6 of 27 shots from 3-point range (22.2 percent) and 16 of 20 shots from the foul line (80.0 percent.

Oklahoma State held a 42-41 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had five assists and 19 turnovers, while the Cowgirls had 18 assists and 18 turnovers.

Porter paced the Lady Bulldogs with 19 points. Porter hit 5-of-11 shots from the field and 9-of-10 shots at the foul line. Diamber Johnson followed with 18 points, while Kendra Grant scored a career-high 14 points. Porter and Shamia Robinson each had a team-high eight rebounds. For Robinson, that is also a career high.

Liz Donohoe led Oklahoma State with 21 points. Toni Young added 18 points, while Tiffany Bias scored 15 points. Lindsey Keller had a team-high nine rebounds.

will open Southeastern Conference by hosting LSU at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Humphrey Coliseum.

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