No. 12 Louisiana Tech Defeats Lady Bulldogs 94-65

RUSTON, La. – No. 12 Louisiana Tech used a 26-4 scoring run in the opening 12 minutes to take an 18-point lead to on their way to a 29-point decision, 94-65 victory over visiting Mississippi State in the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.

With the win, the Lady Techsters have won 151 consecutive home games against unranked teams at home.

Leading from start to finish, Louisiana Tech scored 40 of their 94 in the paint. They also outshot MSU 58 percent to 38 percent. The Blue and Red recorded 28 offensive rebounds.

"They beat us on second shots," said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning. "In the first half they had 22 points on the rim."

State (2-4) trailed at the halftime intermission 49-25. MSU trimmed Louisiana Tech's lead to 13 at 30-17 with 7:28 to play in the first half.

To open the second half the Lady Techsters pushed their lead out to as many as 28 with 6:39 left to play. Their biggest lead of the game came at 86-54 with just under fives minutes left.

Louisiana Tech (6-1) posted five players in double figures. Trina Frierson finished with a double-double with 27 point and pulling down 11 rebounds. Erica Smith-Taylor recorded 14 points, while Amisha Carter and Amber Obaze both finished with 13. Lakiste Barkus added 12 points.

MSU senior forward Seneca Anderson recorded a new career high with her 18 points. Anderson also had two steals and two assists. Tiania Burns and Tan White both contributed 13 points. Sophomore Mamie McKinney pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.

"It boils down to this team wanting to win," said Fanning. "A lot of our 26 turnovers were due to frustration."

The Maroon and White travel to Tupelo, Miss. on Tuesday to take on Tennessee-Martin in the Bancorp South Center tip-off is set for 4:45 p.m.

"It's going to be a great crowd. It's an opportunity for Tan White to play in front of her fans," said Fanning.

Additional Notes

  • MSU used its sixth different starting line-up.
  • Tan White has moved into ninth-place on the school's all-time field goals made chart.
  • Tiania Burns has scored in double figures in five on the Lady Bulldog's games.

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