Lady Dawgs Fall to Arizona State, 70-48

TULUM, Mexico - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (1-3) were overcome by three-pointers tonight by 14th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, 70-48, in their final game of the Caribbean Classic held in Mexico. ASU went 10-for-15 from behind the arc guided by junior guard Jill Noe who went 4-for-5 alone.

"I felt like we improved this weekend and I am pleased with the work ethic and communication of our team," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "Arizona State is a team that made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 last season. ASU moved the ball well and played hard. We are learning how to adjust with people out. We had three freshmen in the starting lineup tonight and four on the floor at one time. We aren't scoring enough but we are getting better."

State started off the contest driven behind jumpers from freshman starters Lauren Roberts, Heather Hollis and Robin Porter and senior Mamie McKinney to tie the score at 9-9 at the 16:52 mark. A series of eight MSU turnovers later led to an ASU six-point lead, 17-11, around the 10-minute mark. After a good basket by senior Blessing Chekwa to pull within four, State would score only one more point in the following five minutes compared to 12 by the Sun Devils that would extend their lead to 11 with 5:41 to go. ASU would increase its lead to 16 points at the intermission, 39-23, behind four 3-pointers by Noe. Mstate would be out-rebounded in the first stanza 14-8 and commit 16 turnovers.

The Lady Bulldogs came out of the lockerroom in an attempt to chip away at the mounting double digit ASU lead. Sophomore guard Miayorka Johnson would provide valuable minutes off of the bench for five points in 10 second half minutes. State would cut the lead down to 15 points twice on Johnson's free throw shots however, MSU was 8-for-17 from the line for the game. MSU could not connect on game swaying three-pointers, coming up with one by Hollis at 8:19. ASU would close out its win on a 22-point advantage, 70-48.

McKinney and Hollis led MSU in the scoring column with eight points each and six boards for the 6-0 forward. Roberts would add seven points while Porter and senior Blessing Chekwa tallied six a piece.

Twelve ASU offensive rebounds of the 34 total allowed the Sun Devils to attempt 17 more shots than MSU. Noe led all scores with 15 points and Amy Denson and Emily Westerberg tallied 13.

State returns home to host Southern Miss on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum before traveling to ACC opponent Florida State for a Friday, Dec. 2 match up.

GAME NOTES
-MSU is now 0-1 vs. Arizona State and 1-3 vs. the Pac-10 Conference.
-State is 28-161 overall vs. ranked teams and 26-62 under Fanning.


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