MSU Defeats McNeese State, 81-58

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The Lady Bulldogs won their 12th consecutive Mississippi State Classic with a 81-58 win over McNeese State Saturday night at Humphrey Coliseum.

The Maroon and White built their lead in the first half to double figures at 24-14 at the 10:46 mark of the half. They continued to add to that margin in the final 10 minutes of the first half. State's biggest lead over the Cowgirls was 20 points with 2:30 to play in the half. McNeese State trimmed the margin to 14 points at intermission.

In the second half the Cowgirls got within 10 points at 43-33 with 17:32 left in the second. The Lady Bulldogs regained the momentum midway through the final half, pushing their lead out to 23 points with 7:28 to play. State held its largest lead of the game was 29 points with 3:43 to play.

"We saw a little spark from our team tonight, and we looked like the team you saw in Tupelo," said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning. "McNeese State has some good athletes, but I thought our pressure would make a difference and it did."

MSU was led by Tan White and Seneca Anderson in the scoring column. White finished with 18 points, six assists and four steals. Anderson contributed 18 points, tying her career-high, and three blocks. Tiania Burns posted 14 points and Blessing Chekwa added eight points off the bench.

Regina Spivey and Marquita Williams finished with nine points each to lead McNeese State.

Mississippi State placed three players on the all-tournament team. Burns and White were named co-MVP's of the MSU Classic. Anderson was also a member of the tournament squad. Southern's Shere' Cunningham and Rolanda Monroe were also named to the all-tournament team. State is now 27-3 all-time in the MSU Classic.

The Lady Bulldogs will be on the road after the holidays, heading West for two games. Their first stop will be in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 28 against Nevada-Las Vegas. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. PT (5 p.m. CT). State will journey to Santa Barbara, Calif. to face 20th –ranked Santa Barbara on Dec. 30 to close out 2003.

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