LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State's Tan White hit a late three-pointer and a came up with a steal to complete a second-half comeback and give head coach Sharon Fanning's Lady Bulldogs a 59-54 win over Kentucky in the SEC opener for both teams Thursday night in Lexington, Ky."> LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State's Tan White hit a late three-pointer and a came up with a steal to complete a second-half comeback and give head coach Sharon Fanning's Lady Bulldogs a 59-54 win over Kentucky in the SEC opener for both teams Thursday night in Lexington, Ky.">

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<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/wbasketballfile120-160.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="157"> LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Mississippi State's Tan White hit a late three-pointer and a came up with a steal to complete a second-half comeback and give head coach Sharon Fanning's Lady Bulldogs a 59-54 win over Kentucky in the SEC opener for both teams Thursday night in Lexington, Ky.

With the game tied at 54-54, White hit from behind the arc with :33 seconds left to give State (10-4, 1-0 SEC) the final lead of the contest at 57-54. Kentucky had a chance to tie the game, but White came up with one of her game-high seven steals with just :12 left to seal the win at Memorial Arena. Jennifer Fambrough finished off UK (7-6, 0-1 SEC) with a pair of free throws with just :04 remaining.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed 48-36 with 8:29 remaining in the contest, but State went on a 13-0 run to take their first lead at 49-48 with 5:48 left to play. Fambrough missed the front end of a free throw opportunity, but White came up with a big offensive rebound and found LaToya Thomas for the layup that gave MSU its first lead since the 12:12 mark of the first half.

"It was not a very well-played game, but we played well enough to win the game," Fanning said. "We came up with some big plays when we needed them."

Kentucky led the Lady Bulldogs 33-26 at halftime. In the opening stanza of play, MSU shot just 36 percent (12-of-33) from the floor, while the Lady Wildcats went 15-for-34 from the field (44 percent).

The second half was a different story, however. State once again hit on 12-of-33 opportunities from the floor, but the Lady Bulldog defense held Kentucky to just 29 percent (8-of-27).

White's late three-pointer gave her 10 points for the contest to preserve her 14-game double-digit scoring streak. She also claimed eight boards and three assists in 31 minutes of action.

Thomas picked up her fifth double-double of the season and the 25th of her career Thursday night. The Greenville, Miss., native poured in a game-high 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the winning effort.

Fambrough was the other Lady Bulldog to hit double digits. The senior scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and she connected on five of her seven attempts from the charity stripe.

Ebonie Ferguson made her second career start for Fanning's Lady Bulldogs. Ferguson started at the point guard position in place on Renea Jones. Jones played six minutes in the contest coming back from an injury.

State's next action comes Sunday, Jan. 6, as the Lady Bulldog open the home SEC slate against 14th-ranked South Carolina. Tip-off at Humphrey Coliseum is scheduled for 2 p.m.


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