BATON ROUGE, La. -- LaToya Thomas scored 33 points and Tan White added 26, but it wasn't enough for Mississippi State, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped an 88-77 decision to LSU at the Maravich Assembly Center Thursday evening. The loss drops State to 17-10, 7-6 in the league, while LSU improved to 15-9, 8-5. Mississippi State is now 0-16 in games played in Baton Rouge."> BATON ROUGE, La. -- LaToya Thomas scored 33 points and Tan White added 26, but it wasn't enough for Mississippi State, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped an 88-77 decision to LSU at the Maravich Assembly Center Thursday evening. The loss drops State to 17-10, 7-6 in the league, while LSU improved to 15-9, 8-5. Mississippi State is now 0-16 in games played in Baton Rouge.">

LADY BULLDOGS FALL AT LSU, 88-77

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/wbasketballfile120-160.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="157"> BATON ROUGE, La. -- LaToya Thomas scored 33 points and Tan White added 26, but it wasn't enough for Mississippi State, as the Lady Bulldogs dropped an 88-77 decision to LSU at the Maravich Assembly Center Thursday evening. The loss drops State to 17-10, 7-6 in the league, while LSU improved to 15-9, 8-5. Mississippi State is now 0-16 in games played in Baton Rouge.

LSU shot 59 percent from the field in the first half, while holding the Lady Bulldogs to just 40 percent, to take a nine point lead into the break, 41-32. LSU opened the second half with a 20-5 run to take its largest lead of the game, at 61-37, with 12:42 left to play. State fought back to pull within ten, 78-68, with 3:05 to go. MSU got as close as seven in the final minute.

Mississippi State shot 39 percent from the field while connecting on just 6-of-27 shots from three-point range. LSU, on the other hand, shot 57 percent from the field and was 17-of-21 from the charity stripe. LSU was credited with 29 assists and 12 turnovers.

Thomas, a national player of the year candidate, grabbed eleven rebounds to record her twelfth double-double of the season. Her 33 points mark her fourth 30+ point outing in the last six games. White grabbed nine rebounds as the duo combined for 59 of State's 77 points on the night. Keisha Stringfellow scored six points and Renea Jones added five for the Lady Bulldogs.

Six players scored in double figures for the Lady Tigers. Aiysha Smith scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting to lead LSU. Doneeka Hodges added 16 points while Temeka Johnson and Scholanda Dorrell chipped in 14 points, each. Guards Ke-Ke Tardy and Roneeka Hodges both scored 12 points.

LSU came into the game short-handed, with just seven players, after losing its third player to an ACL injury in practice on Wednesday. Tardy fouled out with 3:05 remaining, reducing LSU to just six players in uniform for the final three minutes.

"We didn't give up in the end," MSU head coach Sharon Fanning said. "But we have got to learn to play for a full forty minutes. We got out-executed and out-hustled tonight. Hopefully we'll learn from this and approach our next game with a positive attitude and do the little things that it takes to get better."

Mississippi State will close out the regular season Sunday afternoon versus No. 15 Florida in Starkville. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum on the Mississippi State campus.


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