LADY BULLDOGS DROP FIRST GAME OF SEASON

AMES, Iowa ­­ Mississippi State recorded its first loss of the season in the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge Championship game against No. 6 Iowa State 87-74 Friday afternoon. The Lady Bulldogs (3-1), who received votes in the polls last week defeated No. 22 Maryland on Wednesday to get to the championship while Iowa State (3-0) defeated DePaul in the first round.

"It was good for us to face a team like Iowa State this early in the season," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "It gives our freshmen a chance to gain some much needed experience."

MSU was led by freshman stand out Tan White who scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked two shots and had two steals in 37 minutes of action. The 5-8 guard from Tupelo, Miss., was 3-of-4 from three-point range to help State to a school record 14 three-pointers.

Also adding to that number was sophomore Jessica Carter, who was second on the team with 12 points, all off three's. The Lady Bulldogs broke the record that was set almost two years ago exactly when State hit 13 baskets from long-range against Alabama A&M on Nov. 24, 1999.

Junior LaToya Thomas barely managed to keep her double-digit scoring streak alive with only 10 points in 36 minutes. While her double-digit scoring streak moves to 67 games, her 15-game streak of shooting 50 percent or better from the field ended, as the 6-0 forward was just 5-of-15 from the field. Thomas grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists.

MSU made its first six buckets of the game and went up 15-7 in the first three minutes. The Lady Bulldogs recorded their largest leads of the game, both eight-point margins, in the first six minutes. The Cyclones used a 14-5 run midway through the first to take their first lead of the game, 23-22, with just over seven minutes remaining in the first half.

From there, Iowa State never looked back. ISU led 41-36 at halftime and made it an eight-point lead two minutes into the second half. MSU tied the game three times and went up 52-50 with 11 minutes remaining before the Cyclones went on a 22-7 run pushing the score to 72-57 with just under four minutes to go. ISU shot 10 free throws and a few shots from the field to end the game at 87-74.

"They came out in the second half and just got after it," said Fanning. "We played hard and stayed with them, but we just made some mistakes that they capitalized on."

Mississippi State hosts Memphis in Humphrey Coliseum on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. before hitting the road again on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Alabama-Birmingham at 7 p.m. Both games can be heard on WFCA 107.9 FM.


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