Tan White was the only Lady Bulldog to post double figures in scoring. White recorded a new career-high with 31 points. She has surpassed Kunshinge Sorrell (1986-88) for seventh-place on MSU's all-time scoring chart. Junior Tiania Burns finished with nine points, while forward Seneca Anderson added seven. Doceide Warren and Mamie McKinney both finished with two points.
"Fundamentals, communication and mental toughness are ingredients that come to mind relative to our decision making to win big ballgames," said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning. "We are showing signs of improvement in some areas of the game, but we are not out-working our opponents for 40 minutes. That is a decision this team has to make."
The Lady Rebels registered three players in double figures. RanDee Henry led them with 20 points and six rebounds. Nikki Hitchens posted 14 points. Sherry McCraklin recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.
UNLV shot well from the charity stripe, connecting on 15-24 from the line. State was at the free throw line just eight times. State committed 21 turnovers in the game.
The Lady Bulldogs continue their trip out West on Tuesday, Dec. 30 in Santa Barbara, Calif. to take on No. 21 Santa Barbara with tip-off set for 5 p.m. CT. MSU will open the 2004 portion of the schedule with a match-up with Illinois, Jan. 4 at noon in the Humphrey Coliseum.
"On paper, Santa Barbara is one of the best teams we have played so far," said Fanning. "They are the biggest team we have faced."