Lady Bulldogs Lose 60-58 to Lady Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mississippi State dropped a hard fought 60-58 decision to the Lady Razorbacks of Arkansas on Sunday afternoon in the Bud Walton Arena. The loss extends the Lady Bulldogs losing skid to four consecutive games.

In the final stretch of the game, MSU battled back from seven points down at 53-46, but the Maroon and White scored nine straight points to take a two-point lead, 55-53, on senior Doceide Warren's three-pointer with 2:01 remaining. UA responded with a layup and an intentional foul on State's Blessing Chekwa to take control of the game.

"It was a great game and we were in position to win, but we have to continue to find ways to win these games," said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning.

The Lady ‘Backs had the hot three-point shooting hand, knocking down 11 treys. UA's Rochelle Vaughn connected on 6-of-13 from behind the line. She led all scorers with 22 points. Arkansas's Leslie Howard also registered 19 points.

MState came out firing in the opening seven minutes of the game, taking its largest lead of the first half at 11-4 at the 13:47 mark. Sophomore Miayorka Johnson sparked the spurt with back-to-back treys. Johnson score 10 of her 11 in the first stanza. The homestanding Lady Razorbacks trimmed the fought back to within a point at 16-15 midway thru and take their final lead of the half at 24-23. State held a two-point advantage at the halftime break at 28-26. Fanning's squad finished the half shooting 52 percent (12-of-23) and recorded five blocked shots. MSU closed out the game with six total blocks.

"In the first half, I could not have asked for a better half of basketball from our team," said Fanning.

MSU was led by Johnson and Robin Porter with 11 points apiece. Warren finished the game with 10 points, six coming from three-pointers. Senior Mamie McKinney added eight points on the afternoon.

Up next for the Lady Bulldogs will be a home contest at the Humphrey Coliseum as the welcome in-state rival Mississippi on Thursday, Jan. 26. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. State took the first game of the season series against the Lady Rebels in Oxford, winning a 70-59 contest.

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