STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University women's basketball team fell to in-state rival Mississippi, 76-71, on Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU (6-14, 1-6 SEC) got double-digit performances from freshmen
guards Heather Hollis, Robin Porter and Marneshia Richard. However, the Lady Rebels (12-7, 2-4 SEC) used a 16-9 run late in the second half to take the win.
Marked with eight lead changes and four ties, MSU took an early first-half 2-0 lead, only to trail by four with 14:20 remaining in the opening period. State then rallied to regain their two-point advantage at the 11:23 mark
with a three-point basket from Hollis. Throughout the period's remainder, both sides swapped leads before the Lady Bulldogs emerged to lead by one with 4:29 left to play. From there, MSU held UM to one basket in the final
four minutes of the half. Despite being out-rebounded 29-21 during the period, MSU took advantage of 11 first-half points from Porter to jump out ahead at the break, 35-32.
Behind baskets from Hollis, Richard and sophomore guard Miayorka Johnson, State led by as much as nine five minutes deep into the second period. The Lady Rebels chipped away, coming as close as two with 12:23 to play and
eventually trailed by one at the 7:43 mark. During the final six minutes, UM rallied off a 16-9 run, including nine straight points, to take the five-point, 76-71, win.
"A couple of three-point shots made the difference in the game," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "When they made the three-point shots down the stretch, that was a big boost for Ole Miss. We came down and rushed a couple of shots offensively and did not get the big boards at that particular time and that gave them momentum. We allowed penetration and put them on the line. Everyone will just have to set up and play a better game."
Porter led the way for State tallying a career-high 19 points, while Hollis had 15 and Richard added 10. Senior forward Mamie McKinney tied a career high with 12 rebounds.
Armintie Price led the way for the Lady Rebels, tallying 22 points and 17 rebounds. Ashley Johnson added 19 points.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29, when MSU travels to Auburn for a 2 p.m. contest. State returns home on Sunday, Feb. 5, to play host to South Carolina at 2 p.m. in the first of a four-game home
GAME NOTESOle Miss now leads the series with MSU 57-13. MSU is 7-25 when hosting the Lady Rebels. Tonight's loss snapped MSU's two-game win streak in the series.
Six of the eight wins in Starkville have come during the Sharon Fanning era.
MSU has won 12 of the last 19 meetings with UM.
With her one block tonight, senior forward Mamie McKinney has 64 all-time blocks and ranks fourth on the MSU all-time list in the category.