"We had enough focus on several possessions to figure out that if we got the ball to LaToya (Thomas) that would present some good shots at the bucket," said Sharon Fanning. "She knows how to work. She gets somebody one-on-one and she can key on them and get over them. I see better communication on the floor between all of our players and we have to have that. We challenged our basketball team this week to be a scrappy team. Good things are going to happen to you when you hustle."
The Lady Razorbacks owned the first 15 minutes of the game and led by as many as nine at 12-3, but the Lady Bulldogs clawed back to tie the game at 23-23 with 5:21 left in the opening period. State went on a 9-4 run to end the half and take a five-point lead into the dressing room at 34-29.
The Maroon and White jumped out to an eight-point lead midway through the second half at 54-46, but the visitors from Fayetteville went on a 12-0 scoring spurt to take a four-point advantage at 58-54.
From that point on it was back and fourth until UA took a six-point lead at 74-68 on India Lewis's three-point play with just 1:40 left in regulation. MSU fought its way back on Tan White's trey and Jennifer Fambrough's free throws to cut the lead to two. White tied the game at 76-76 with 56 seconds left in regulation. UA went ahead 78-76 with 28 seconds on Shemaka Christon's jumper. White went back to the charity stripe to tie the game at 78-78. The Lady Razorbacks missed on their next possession and with three seconds left on the clock MSU's Renea Jones missed the game-winning lay-up at the buzzer.
White finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season. Jennifer Fambrough recorded her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds also in 41 minutes of play.
Christon led the Lady Razorbacks with 28 points and nine rebounds, while Dana Cherry and Lewis scored 18 and 16 points, respectfully.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Oxford on Sunday, Jan. 27, to take on the Lady Rebels of Mississippi at 2p.m. MSU won the first meeting between the in-state rivals 82-57 in Starkville earlier this month. Jim Ellis and Bart Gregory will call the game on WFCA 107.9 FM.