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.