Indiana went on a 4-0 run to start the game however the Lady Bulldogs led the majority of the first half with an 8-0 run spurred by junior guard Tan White with a jump shot with 12:03 on the clock. MSU shot 40 percent from three-point land in the first, led by junior guard Ebonie Ferguson who drained three treys to lead the Lady Bulldogs into the lockerroom, 33-28.
MSU came out firing in the second, going on a 16-2 run in the first four minutes. State was fueled by White who posted 10 of those points off of four steals, with the aid from senior guard Seneca Anderson. Despite a sizable 21-point lead at 12:27, Indiana led a 11-0 run to pull it within five (65-60) at 3:30. Crucial free throws by junior guard Tiania Burns with seven seconds to go, gave MSU a three-point lead and eventual win.
"Tiana and Tan had key free throws down the stretch for us. They did a good jump with jump shots off of screens from our post," said Fanning.
Three Lady Bulldogs were in double digits. White led all scorers with 20 points and six steals. Burns tallied 16 points and Ferguson went 4-for-5 for a career-high 11 points. Junior forward Tiffany Burton pulled down a career-high six boards as well.
Indiana dominated from the free throw line, going 21-for-25. Sophomore guard Cyndi Valentine posted 16 points while sophomore center Angela Hawkins recorded the only double-double of the night with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
MSU faces 24th-ranked Virginia Tech Saturday, November 29th at 9:15 p.m. AST while Indiana will play Iowa State in the first game tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. AST.
"Virginia Tech is a big basketball team with good balance. They had five people in double digits versus Iowa State. They are tough on the offensive boards. They will look to push the basketball," said Fanning.
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