Junior guard Tan White is leading the Lady Bulldogs with 18.5 ppg and 5.9 rpg. The Tupelo, Miss. native leads the league in conference games only in scoring. Junior guard Tiania Burns is also averaging double figures with 14.9 ppg.
State took the first meeting, 80-67, on Jan. 22, 2004. It was the fourth straight win over the Wildcats in Starkville. White exploded for 33 points and 10 rebounds. Burns tallied a career-high five 3-pointers for 20 points in the win. MSU shot 89.5 percent from the free throw line to UK¹s 68.8 percent.
Kentucky (9-13, 1-8) is riding a four-game losing streak coming into Sunday's game. The Wildcats have lost the last four home games as well. UK's sole win in the conference is over South Carolina, 75-61. Most recently, Kentucky fell to Florida in Gainesville last Sunday, 76-56. Junior guard Sara Potts leads the Wildcats with 16.5 ppg while senior center SeSe Helm is putting up 15.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg. Sophomore guard Jenny Pfeiffer is recording 11.8 ppg.
Kentucky leads the series, 14-12. The Lady Bulldogs are 4-7 in Lexington but MSU has taken seven of the last eight meetings, including the last two encounters at Kentucky.
There are a couple MSU-UK connections to note. MSU head coach Sharon Fanning coached at Kentucky for eight years from 1987-1994. During her tenure, she led the Wildcats to a 134-97 record, one NCAA and one WNIT tournament appearance. UK assistant coach Matthew Mitchell is a 1995 MSU grad.
Next up for the Lady Bulldogs is a home game vs. South Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Humphrey Coliseum.