Ladydogs Shoot Down Wildcats 72-59

A team can be hot from the perimeter, even red-hot. Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum, the Lady Bulldogs almost burned up their own nets with sizzling outside shooting.

Mississippi State shooters riddled visiting Kentucky for 11 three-point baskets as the Bulldogs posted a 72-59 SEC victory. The Bulldogs (14-3) bounced back from their first SEC setback of the year Sunday at Arkansas and improved to 3-1 in league play. The Wildcats, coming off wins over Georgia and Mississippi, left Starkville 13-6 and 2-2 SEC.

"Tonight we were making the shots," senior guadr Tan White said. "Some nights they don't fall, but tonight they were."

Nobody had more outside shots fall than senior guard Ebonie Ferguson, who came off the bench to sink five treys in seven tries and score a career-best 17 points. But she had plenty of help on the perimeter as well, as White, guard Doceide Warren, and forward Rebecca Cates each had a pair of longballs. In all, the Bulldogs were 11-of-18 from the arc.

"You want players to take green-light shots," Coach Sharon Fanning said. "If that's what you're given then that's what you take. They were good shots."

The Bulldogs, who never trailed, came out shooting and threeballs by White and Warren staked State to a fast 10-3 lead. Kentucky cut that deficit to a basket before Ferguson subbed-in and drained her first trey at 14:10.

State also took advantage of Wildcat misses to get the fastbreak game going and score baskets from much closer range. The lead was 38-24 at halftime, and while Kentucky had a brief rally to open the second period the Bulldogs were more than able to answer. The lead never dropped below double-digits after White rattled in a bucket at 11:46 for a 48-38 margin, and peaked at 68-52.

White got plenty of two-pointers and finished with a game-best 29 points in 34 minutes of play. Warren added ten points. Kentucky was led by Sara Potts and Sarah Elliot with 13 points each, but the bigger Kats were beaten on the boards 41-34 and out-shot 46% to 35%.

"Defense had a lot to do with it and rebounding," Fanning said. "And big buckets at the right time." State scored a tenth-straight win on the home court.

The Bulldogs host the Eastern Division Dogs this Sunday with a 2:00 game against Georgia.

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