STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs knocked off their second-straight ranked foe Sunday with a 76-57 victory over the No. 25 Auburn Tigers after defeating No. 18 Georgia, 72-71, in Athens on Thursday. In front of 2,052 fans at Humphrey Coliseum, State (16-6, 7-2) extended its current win streak to four Southeastern Conference games."> STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs knocked off their second-straight ranked foe Sunday with a 76-57 victory over the No. 25 Auburn Tigers after defeating No. 18 Georgia, 72-71, in Athens on Thursday. In front of 2,052 fans at Humphrey Coliseum, State (16-6, 7-2) extended its current win streak to four Southeastern Conference games.">

LADY BULLDOGS GET 19-POINT WIN OVER AUBURN

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/jenfam115-160.jpg" align="left" width="115" height="160"> STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs knocked off their second-straight ranked foe Sunday with a 76-57 victory over the No. 25 Auburn Tigers after defeating No. 18 Georgia, 72-71, in Athens on Thursday. In front of 2,052 fans at Humphrey Coliseum, State (16-6, 7-2) extended its current win streak to four Southeastern Conference games.

In seeking revenge for an 81-61 loss at Auburn on Jan. 20, MSU recorded the largest margin of victory (19 points) over the Tigers in school history. The previous high was 17 points back in the 1977-78 season.

MSU trailed only once during the entire game at the 7:02 mark of the first half at 16-15. The Maroon and White led by as many as eight in the first half, but Auburn cut that lead in half at the intermission at 27-23.

In the final 20 minutes of play, the Lady Bulldogs went on an 18-9 run to open their lead to 10 points at the 13:42 mark of the second period and they never looked back. MSU extended the lead to as many 22 almost 10 minutes later at 72-50, before winning by the 19-point margin.

After scoring just eight points in the first half, two-time All-American LaToya Thomas continued to prove her worthiness, recording her 10th double-double of the season with 31 points and 13 rebounds. It marked the third time this season that the 6-2 junior has scored 30 or more points in a game.

"In the first half, I thought she was very frustrated because she wasn't moving around like she needed to," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "In the second half, she became a lot more mobile and was moving around. That really helped us to get things going in the game."

MSU put two others in double figures in the scoring column. Senior Jennifer Fambrough came up one rebound shy of notching her second double-double of the season scoring 14 points and grabbing nine boards. Freshman Tan White added 13 points to go along with four rebounds and four assists.

"They out-executed us in every aspect of the game," said Auburn head coach Joe Ciampi. "They remembered that we beat them by 20 at Auburn and they came out and played a steady ball game."

Natasha Brackett paced the Tigers with 18 points, while Kerdu Abbet and Le'Coe Willingham chipped in 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Lady Bulldogs hit the road again for another two-game road swing traveling to Tuscaloosa on Thursday, Feb. 7, to face Alabama at 7 p.m. and to Nashville on Feb. 10, for a match-up with Vanderbilt. State then returns home to the friendly confines of the Hump on Valentine's Day to face the Tennessee Lady Vols in a 7 p.m tip-off. All games can be heard on 107.9 WFCA-FM.


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