Lady Bulldogs lose to UNLV, 62-52

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The road is unkind for the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs. They dropped another road game 62-52 against Nevada-Las Vegas Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev. MSU is now 0-4 in road decisions, while the Lady Rebels notched their seventh consecutive home win in the Cox Pavilion.

UNLV controlled the game from start to finish. The Maroon and White evened the game at 37-37 at the 13:18 mark of the second half, but the Lady Rebels pushed their lead back out to double figures with a 10-1 scoring stretch with 6:58 to play in the game. MSU got within six at the 6:08 mark. The biggest deficit was 14 points with two minutes to play in the game.

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."

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