Vanderbilt downs Lady Bulldogs, 87-64

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mississippi State fell to No. 24 Vanderbilt 87-64 in Memorial Gymnasium Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. MSU is now 1-14 in games played in the Music City.

For the second consecutive game, the Lady Bulldogs have had the cold shooting hand in the first half. Against LSU on Sunday they mustered just 21 points. The Commodores played a 2-3 zone that miffed State for most of the night. The zone allowed just 16 points for MSU in the opening half. The Maroon and White connected on eight of its 31 shot attempts. VU shot 37 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes. The Black and Gold carried a 33-16 halftime margin in to the locker room.

"We didn't get much movement from the zone that they (Vanderbilt) played," said MSU assistant coach Steve Curtis. "We were pleased with the way we were playing on defensive end, but we weren't very good on offense."

The Commodores dominated the Lady Bulldogs in the rebounding category. MSU gave up a season-high 58 boards in the contest.

Vanderbilt extended its lead to as many as 29 points early in the second half. MSU started to cut in to that lead three minutes deep in the final period. The Lady Bulldogs got to within nine points at 46-37. Junior guard Tan White heated up in the second half, scoring 26 of her 30 points in the last 20 minutes. She tied her career-high for made three-pointers with six. VU pushed its lead back out a 29-point deficit with just over a minute to play.

Senior Seneca Anderson was the only other Lady Bulldog in double figures in scoring with 12 points. Mamie McKinney and Rebecca Kates both finished with five points each. Kates dished out a career-best six assists. Nashville, Tenn.-native, Tiania Burns added just four points.

The Commodores posted four players in double figures in scoring. Jenni Benningfield, Abi Ramsey and Ashley Earley all finished with 19 points. Hillary Hager added 15 points.

The Lady Bulldogs close out the regular season on Sunday, Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. against the Crimson Tide of Alabama on Senior Day at MSU. Seniors Seneca Anderson, Jessica Carter and Faithe McGhee will be honored in pregame ceremonies.

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