Lady Bulldogs Host Lady Rebels Thursday

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (6-13, 1-5 SEC) will host the Ole Miss Lady Rebels (11-7, 1-4 SEC) on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the second game of the series this season. The in-state rivals will meet for the 70th time in series history. Both teams are searching for their second win in the conference. Since the last meeting, MSU has gone 0-4 in conference play while the Lady Rebels have gone 1-2.

State took the first meeting on Jan. 8 in Oxford, 70-59, to give head coach Sharon Fanning her 499th career victory. Fanning is still in search of the elusive 500-career mark. In the last meeting, two Lady Bulldogs recorded double-doubles. Senior forward Mamie McKinney tallied her fifth career double-digit performance with 13 points and 10 rebounds while senior guard Doceide Warren posted her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Most recently MSU lost its fourth straight at Arkansas, 60-58. For only the sixth time this season, MSU led at halftime at Arkansas. The Lady Bulldogs pulled ahead by as much as seven with 13:47 to go in the first half. Arkansas chipped away at the lead to overtake the game by as many as eight points at 8:05 in the second stanza. For the first time this season, MSU came back from a deficit under the five-minute mark, tying the game at 55-55 with 32.5 seconds left, however the Razorbacks would keep a lead and win by two.

Freshman guard/forward Robin Porter continues to lead the Lady Bulldogs with 10.2 points per game, earning the top scoring position in seven games this season. She is followed by freshman guard Heather Hollis with 9.4 ppg and senior forward Mamie McKinney is pulling down 5.9 rebounds per game.

Ole Miss owns the overall record vs. State, 56-13. MSU is 7-24 when hosting the Rebels in Starkville. Six of the seven wins have come under the tutelage of coach Fanning. State has won the last two encounters including the one in Oxford earlier this season, 70-59. MSU has won 12 of the last 18 meetings.

Since the last meeting on Jan. 8 in Oxford, the Lady Rebels have gone 1-2 in SEC play with a win at Auburn (51-48) and losses to Florida (66-58) and vs. Kentucky (81-75). Their lone win did come on the road in Auburn, Ala. Junior guard Armintie Price continues to lead UM with 17.0 ppg and 10.9 rpg followed by senior guard Ashley Johnson with 10.6 ppg.

MSU will travel to Auburn, Ala. to face the Auburn Tigers on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. CT before returning to Starkville for a four-game home stand at Humphrey Coliseum.

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