Lady Bulldogs lose to Lady Rebels

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State dropped its second consecutive game of the season series to in-state rival Mississippi, 78-62, Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.

UM won the first meeting of the season 69-60 over State in Oxford. MSU had won the four previous meetings against the Lady Rebels. The 16-point win for UM was the largest margin of victory over the Lady Bulldogs at Humphrey Coliseum since 2001 when UM defeated them by 17 points.

The Lady Rebels controlled most of the half with their full court press against MSU. They forced 10 State miscues, turning them into 15 easy points for the Red and Blue. UM owned the scoring the last 11:17 minutes of the first half, outscoring MSU 25-9 to take a 16-point halftime advantage at 45-29. The game was tied at 20 before the visitors went on the scoring spurt.

"The game was tied at 20 midway through the first half, but we kind of backed down after that," said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning. "We've got to learn to play hard for 40 minutes. I'm disappointed in the maturity that we showed today."

UM was 15-of-32 from the field in the opening half, while the Lady Bulldogs shot 33 percent in the half. Genice Terry and Armintie Price led UM in the first half with 10 points apiece.

The Lady Rebels continued to add to their double-digit lead in the opening minutes of the second half. They pushed it out to 22 points with 15:36 left to play. They took their largest lead of 23 points with a 41-36 lead with 7:59 remaining. MSU was able to trim the lead down to 15 points on Tan White's three-pointer at the 4:32 mark. Mississippi forced MSU to take 23 three-point tries, they were successful on five of the treys.

Junior Tiania Burns led State in the scoring column with 21 points and two steals. Guard Tan White, who had 22 points in the first meeting, finished with 15 points and four assists. Mamie McKinney and Blessing Chekwa both contributed six points. Seneca Anderson added four points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

Price led the Lady Rebels, posting her 12th double-double of the season, second against the Maroon and White. Carletta Brown registered 13 points and five assists. Amber Watts finished with 12 points, while Genice Terry added 10 points in the Lady Rebels win.

"They have a good group of juniors and seniors that have a lot of experience," said Fanning. They weathered the storms. We broke and they didn't."

The Lady Bulldogs will host 24th-ranked Florida on Thursday night in the Humphrey Coliseum at 7 p.m.

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