The Lady Bulldogs, winners of four of their last five contests, raced to a 17-1 lead early and never looked back. Mississippi cut the lead to nine before Thomas connected on two free-throws and Seneca Anderson nailed a bucket with two seconds left to give State a comfortable cushion at the half, 38-25. White picked up her fourth foul with 8:19 to go, and the Lady Rebels methodically cut the lead down to eleven points at the 5:15 mark. But that was as close as Mississippi would get.
MSU shot 48 percent from the field and hit 55 percent of its shots from long-range. The Lady Bulldogs were a perfect 5-of-5 from behind the arc in the first half. Mississippi shot just 40 percent from the field and were held to 6-of-19 shooting from three-point range. State pounded the boards, out-rebounding the Lady Rebels, 46-32.
"We knew we wanted to establish our defensive intensity and our rebounding first," MSU coach Sharon Fanning said afterwards. "Mississippi almost beat Florida at their place and we knew they would play hard and be a scrappy team. They fought to come back but we did the things we needed to do to win the game."
Thomas recorded her team-best ninth double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds. The two-time Kodak All-American was 8-of-19 from the field, and 13-of-17 from the free-throw line. White scored 21 points and grabbed 11 boards for her seventh double-double of the campaign. The freshman guard dished out a game-high seven assists and shot three-of-four from behind the arc.
Renea Jones and Jennifer Fambrough each chipped in eight points for State. Freshman Charmaine Johnson, playing in her third-ever game, scored three points when she completed a three-point play in the game's final minute.
Nearly 1,000 Mississippi State fans were estimated to be in attendance. After the game, the Lady Bulldogs addressed the Maroon and White contingent. Fanning went over to the crowd and told them that they were the difference in the game.
Mississippi State will complete the two-game road-swing, drawing another tough assignment next Thursday night at No. 16 Georgia. State defeated UGA two weeks ago, 84-82, at Humphrey Coliseum.