Lady Bulldogs Drop Their First Exhibition

STARKVILLE, Miss. -­ The Mississippi State Lady Bullogs were defeated tonight 89-71 by the Houston Jaguars at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU trailed for most of the night, shooting only 31 percent from the field.

"We should have played better even without Tan and Doceide, but I think some of our freshman were a little intimidated tonight," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "We gave them too many looks to the basket and gave up too many offensive rebounds."

The Jaguars were too much for the Lady Bulldogs, pulling away at 10:48 to increase their lead to 20 in the second half. Houston guard Renea Jones added 15 points and player/coach LaCharlotte Smith finished with 15.

Newcomer Tiania Burns led the Bulldog charge with 22 points while junior forward Rebecca Kates posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore post Mamie McKinney pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. Senior guard Jessica Carter drilled three treys in the first towards a final point count of 11.

"The game is more fast-paced and more physical than junior college," said Burns. "I was nervous tonight but wanted to help the team in any way I could."

The Houston Jaguars led for most of the first half, earning 15 of their 43 points off of fast breaks, 26 of those in the paint. Houston was led by Melissa Abraham with 14 points and nine rebounds. Former Lady Bulldog LaToya Thomas totaled eight points in the first half, just nine on the night.

Burns directed the offense in the first, posting 14 points. Underneath MSU pulled down 12 offensive rebounds which aided 17 second chance points.

Junior Tan White and sophomore Doceide Warren both sat out with injuries. They are expected back for the next exhibition.

MSU hosts its final exhibition next Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. versus the Adidas Premier.

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