STARKVILLE, Miss. ­­ The Lady Bulldogs defeated Jacksonville State 109-62 in the first round of the MSU Classic on Saturday. The 109 points marked the second time in as many games that State (6-2) has hit the century mark. It also ranked as the fifth-largest scoring output for a Lady Bulldog squad.

Senior standout Jennifer Fambrough led MSU with 22 points in just 24 minutes. Freshman Tan White, who chipped in 21 points, led the squad with eight rebounds and four steals. Junior LaToya Thomas tallied 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds while dishing out a team-high five assists.

Also in double digits for MSU were junior transfer Renae Jones and sophomore Seneca Anderson, who each had 11 points. Sophomore Lyndi Sippel scored eight points in 10 minutes of action off the bench.

State shot 50 percent from the field while holding Jacksonville State to 32 percent. The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded the Lady Gamecocks 51-36. MSU hit 50 percent from long-range (9-of-18) and 86 percent from the charity stripe (18-of-21).

Jacksonville State (1-6) had three players with 10 points, including Freddricka Embry and NcKell Copeland. Shanika Freeman grabbed 10 rebounds to go with her 10 points giving her the only double-double of the day.

In the first game of the tournament, Montana defeated Houston 93-72. Leading the Montana Lady Griz (6-1) was Cheryl Keller with 21 points. Also in double digits for Montana were Julie Deming (15), Crystal Baird (11) and Simarron Schildt (10). Hollie Taylor came off the bench to lead the Lady Griz in rebounds with eight. Brooklynn Lorenzen dished out eight assists for Montana while Deming recorded four steals.

Houston (6-1) was led by Chandi Jones with 23 points. Joining her in double digits were Shondra Bush (13), Valerie Muoneke (11) and Angela Curl (10). Muoneke led the Cougars in rebounds with eight.

The MSU Classic consolation game tips off at 1 p.m. tomorrow with Jacksonville State and Houston. The Lady Bulldogs face Montana in the championship game at 3 p.m.

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