State never got closer than ten points in the second half, 38-28 at 17:05 after a Tan White layup. Baylor scored nine-straight points and led by as many as 21 points en route to the win. State got 23 points from White, but the senior struggled to find the homecourt range all evening and was just 10-of-30 shooting, 3-of-15 from the three-point line. Guard Tiania Burns added 15 points. The Bulldogs missed 23 of 28 trey-tries.
"I know I struggled from the field," White said. "I should have had at least five more jumpers. Overall we gave up a lot of second-chance points. We fought hard trying to come back but we fell short." The Bears ruled the boards 55-43.
"Baylor's a good team," Fanning said. "We didn't score in the post, and you can't be a one-pass team and score. We still do not communicate, we shoot very quickly. We didn't have to take 28 threes today.
"This game is going to help us, it was a great opportunity for us to learn. This is going to help us win some ball games down the stretch."
Mississippi State will leave home for the holiday weekend, traveling to Orono, Me., to play in the Dead River Company Classic. The Bulldogs match up with Saint Joseph's in Friday's first round, with host Maine and Loyola-Chicago playing in the other bracket. State's next home game is Nov. 30 against Louisiana Tech.
The win gave Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson, the former Louisiana Tech star guard, her 100th career coaching victory.