Lady Bulldogs lose to LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. - ­ Mississippi State dropped a 17-point, 78-61 decision to No. 14 LSU Sunday afternoon in the Pete Maravich Assemble Center.

The Lady Bulldogs are winless against the Lady Tigers in Baton Rouge, La. The Purple and Gold have won 12-straight against State dating back to the 1995 campaign.

LSU jumped out to a double-digit lead on State at 10-0 at the 17:57 mark. The Lady Bulldogs hit their first basket with 17:40 remaining in the half. The Lady Tigers pushed that lead out to 15 points before State's next bucket. MSU's only offense in the first half came from junior guard Tiania Burns. Burns scored the first five points for the visitors. She finished the first 20 minutes with 10 points. LSU took a 21-point halftime lead at 42-21 in to the locker room.

The Lady Tigers controlled the paint, scoring 30 of their 42 points inside the paint. They also forced eight MSU turnovers which led to 16 points.

In the second half the Lady Tigers took their largest lead of the game at 23 points on four occasions in the first four minutes in to the final half. The Lady Bulldogs went on a scoring spurt to cut the lead down to 12 points at 54- 42. They outscored LSU 14-4 over a five minute span. That 12-point margin would be as close as State would get. The Lady Tigers opened the lead back out to as many as 17 points for the victory.

LSU improved to 21-5 overall and 9-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The Maroon and White fell to 12-13 and 6-6 in SEC competition.

Tan White led all MSU players with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her 16th double-double of the season. Burns finished with 14 points and three assists. Rebecca Kates and Doceide Warren both finished with eight points. Mamie McKinney had six second half points, while Blessing Chekwa added three points.

Seimone Augustus finished with a game-high 25 points and 11 rebounds for LSU. Temeka Johnson posted 18 points.

State closes out its two-game road trip with a visit to Vanderbilt on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

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