"I was very pleased with the start," said Sharon Fanning. "I thought that was very important."
MSU (11-5, 2-1 SEC) led 40-28 at the break, behind hot shooting from the field (50 percent). The Lady Bulldogs would finish the night shooting 53 percent from the floor.
In the second half the Lady Rebels cut the State lead down to just six points 42-36 at the 16:54 mark of the second period, but the Maroon and White stretched the lead out to 20 points with a 20-3 scoring spurt.
"It looked like we were intimidated," said UM head coach Ron Aldy. "The most disappointing thing about tonight is that we didn't compete with toughness."
MSU, putting three more starters in double figures in the scoring column, was led by LaToya Thomas who tallied her sixth double-double of the season with her 20 points and 10 boards. Thomas left the game with 2:25 on the clock when she hit the floor, banging her head on the way down. She received five stitches above her right eye and is expected to continue practicing and playing this week.
Sophomore guard Jessica Carter, who made her first career start in the Maroon and White, contributed 11 points, while lone senior Jennifer Fambrough also poured in 11.
The 25-point win was the largest over Mississippi in school history, just beating the previous high of 24 points when MSU defeated UM 82-58 on Jan. 13, 2000, in Starkville.
Mississippi was led by Amber Wright and Sherika Wright who both had nine points. The Lady Rebels shot just 28 percent from the field.
The Lady Bulldogs close out their three-game SEC homestand on Sunday, January 13th when they entertain No. 8 Georgia. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.