White's last second shot wins game for MSU

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Tan White's jumper with one second on the clock gave Mississippi State a 57-55 win over Arkansas at Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday. The win is the third in the last four Southeastern Conference games for the Lady Bulldogs.

"Tan (White) made a really big play at the end of the game," said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning. "That shot gave Tan and the team some confidence."

MSU had a three-point lead 55-52 with 44 seconds remaining, but Arkansas' Shameka Christon nailed a three-pointer to tie the game at 55-55 with 25 seconds to play.

State battled back throughout the second half. The Lady Razorbacks jumped out to a six-point 42-36 lead at the 12:00 minute mark. The Maroon and White took its first lead of the final half at 45-44 with 8:16 left to play. The last time UA held a lead was at 48-46 with just over five minutes to play.

While UA shot 50 percent from the field in the second half, State stayed in the game by making 19-for-24 from the free throw line. MSU did not hit a three-point basket in the game, snapping its 320 consecutive games streak.

The first half was an evenly played 20 minutes. The visitors from Fayetteville largest lead was four points, while State's biggest margin was by five. Both squads had trouble finding baskets. UA was 11-of-25, while MSU was 10-of-26 from the field.

State (8-11, 3-4 SEC) was led by White, who finished with 30 points and seven rebounds. The Tupelo, Miss. native was 12-of-14 from the charity stripe. Tiania Burns finished in double figures with 11 points. Mamie McKinney, Seneca Anderson and Doceide Warren all added four of their own.

"This was a big win," said Tan White. "Since it was a home game it was pretty sweet."

Arkansas (13-7, 2-5) had three players in double figures in the scoring column. Christon, the SEC's leading scorer, was held to 16 points, 7 points below her avearge of 21.3 ppg. Ruby Vaden posted 12 points, while Kristin Moore finished with 10 points.

The Lady Bulldogs will close out non-conference action with a trip to New Orleans to take on the Privateers of the University of New Orleans. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in Lakefront Arena.

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