Pittsburgh grabbed its first lead of the second half with 2:41 on the clock at 80-79. LaToya Thomas made three-of-four foul shots down the stretch and a jumper to help lift the Lady Bulldogs to victory.
MSU was led by Thomas with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Freshman Tan White scored 23 points, grabbed five boards, recorded two blocks and two steals in a team-high 36 minutes of action.
Lone senior Jennifer Fambrough added 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds while tallying three steals.
Sophomore Seneca Anderson chipped in 15 points off the bench in 20 minutes of action. Also playing 20 minutes off the bench, freshman Rebecca Kates had four points and three rebounds.
MSU shot 52 percent from the field and 40 percent from long-range. The Panthers outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 41-39.
Mississippi State faces North Carolina State at 3 p.m. Friday in the final game of the tournament. MSU returns to the States on Saturday to take a few days off for Christmas before traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio, for its last two games of 2001.
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