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Allen, Richardson lead Bulldogs past San Jose State

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The No. 7 Mississippi State women's basketball team scored 50 second-half points to post an 88-51 victory over San Jose State in the second day of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center. (Article Source: MSU Athletics Media Relations)

MSU improved to 6-0 by shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. The easy win allowed several young players to see playing time. All 13 players on the roster broke into the scoring column.

Freshman Iggy Allen led the way with a career-high 14 points, while Breanna Richardson added 10 points. Teaira McCowan grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, while Chinwe Okorie pulled down nine boards.

"We finished the first half off well," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "In the second half, backup point guard Jazzmun Holmes was awesome. She really came in and set the tone. I really liked my bench tonight. I thought we played really well. Our athleticism and quickness dominated the game defensively."

Holmes had eight assists and two steals in 21 minutes of play.

The win put the Bulldogs at 2-0 for the tournament and set them up to claim the Rainbow Wahine Showdown title with a victory over host Hawaii at 8:30 p.m. CT on Sunday.

MSU scored the game's first five points and quickly built a 17-5 advantage. A basket in the closing seconds of the first quarter brought the Spartans within 21-12.

San Jose State followed with a 3-point basket to pull within six. From there, a basket by Dominique Dillingham pushed the lead back to 10 points at 25-15. The Bulldogs would later end the half with a 12-2 run for a 38-22 lead at the break.

In the second half, the Bulldogs hit 22 of 44 shots from the field for 50 percent shooting, which helped expand the lead.

A 17-9 run was capped by a putback from Holmes that pushed the advantage to 55-31. A 21-11 run started by a 3-pointer from Blair Schaefer put the contest away in the fourth quarter.

"We forced 24 turnovers," Schaefer said. "That is who we are and that is what we do. We try to disrupt you. In the second half, we played a whole lot better. In the first half, they took our inside game away. In the second half, we really stepped up and everybody on the team contributed."

For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 38 of 84 shots from the field (45.2 percent), 6 of 16 shots from 3-point range (37.5 percent) and 6 of 13 shots from the foul line (46.2 percent). The Spartans hit 20 of 54 shots from the field (37.0 percent), 4 of 16 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 7 of 11 shots from the foul line (63.6 percent).

MSU held a 58-28 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 19 assists and 13 turnovers, while the Spartans had six assists and 24 turnovers.

San Jose State (2-4) received 11 points from Jasmine Smith.

Following Sunday's game against the host Rainbow Wahine, the Bulldogs will return home and host their first Hail State Hoops Luncheon of the season at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Cost is $12 per luncheon or $60 for all six gatherings. Fans can RSVP by calling (662) 325-0198 or e-mailing dbrown@athletics.msstate.edu.


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