Lady Bulldogs Defeat Detroit, 63-48

STARKVILLE, Miss. -­ Mississippi State overcame a slow first half against Detroit to over take the Titans, 63-48, in the home opener for the Lady Bulldogs Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum. The Lady Bulldogs are now 27-3 in home openers, 9-0 under head coach Sharon Fanning.

"We're trying to find combinations, a work ethic, and a team chemistry that it's going to take to win," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "You saw different combinations of players tonight, but we still weren't very consistent."

MSU out-scored UDM 40-20 in the final 20 minutes, shooting 54 percent in the second half. State forced 18 Titan turnovers in the second half.

Senior guard/forward Seneca Anderson and junior guard Tan White sparked MSU in the second period. Anderson recorded six points and four steals in the second, finishing the night with 12 points. White scored nine of her 14 points in the final half. With her 14 points the Tupelo, Miss native moved into eighth-place on the school's career-scoring chart with 1,204 career points.

"We put some heat on them in the second half and found a way to come back and win. That kind of defensive pressure is what we're going to have to have to win some ball games," said Fanning.

Junior Tiania Burns posted game-high scoring honors with 17 points and added 11 rebounds for her first double-double for the Maroon and White.

MSU took its first lead of the game at 34-32 with 14:50 to play on Doceide Warren's three-pointer. The Lady Bulldogs stretched that lead to as many as 10 at 52-42 with a 15-5 scoring spurt. State led by as many as 19 with 3:03 remaining.

State trailed the visitors from the Motor City, 28-23 at the halftime break. Detroit's largest margin was seven at 18-11 with 8:23 to play in the first half. Both teams went cold shooting over the next two minutes before MSU junior Rebecca Kates nailed a trey to trim the UDM lead to 18-14 at the 6:20 mark. The Maroon and White shot just 28 percent in the first 20 minutes. Senior Sara Crum, who scored 10 points and four offensive boards, led the Titans.

Lindsey Pasquinzo and Crum both finished with 15 points apiece.

Mississippi State travels to Mobile, Ala. Saturday to take on Sun Belt Conference foe South Alabama. Tip off with the Jaguars is set for 7 p.m. on the USA campus. After the USA match up the Lady Bulldogs will take a break for final exams before hitting the road to take on 10th-ranked Louisiana Tech on Dec. 14.

Game notes

  • Fanning is 48-2 in non-conference games at home.
  • With her 14 points tonight, Tan White moved into eighth place on MSU's career scoring chart with 1,204 career points.
  • White moved into third place in steals on MSU's career list, now with 207 career steals.
  • White and Tiania Burns have gone 28-for-35 from the free throw line this season.

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