News from MSU Media Relations--February 19

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Women's Golf
MIAMI, Fla. - The Mississippi State women's golf team is in third place and junior Amanda Mathis is tied for first after the first round of play Sunday at the Papa Johns Collegiate. The tournament is taking place at the par-72, 6317-yard Don Shula's Golf Club in Miami, Fla.

The Lady Bulldogs fired a 303 on day one and stand only four shots back of the current leader, College of Charleston. Alabama stands in second after shooting a 301 in the first round. Louisville, East Carolina and Kentucky are in a tie for fourth with a score of 305 while Miami is one stroke back and stands in seventh.

State's Amanda Mathis shot an even-par 72 and stands in a tie for first place with South Florida¹s Christina Jones in the individual competition. Senior Stephanie Godare is in a tie for 11th after shooting a 75. Sophomore Julia Huh shot a 77 on day one and stands in a tie for 25th. Senior Ashleigh Korzack shot is in a tie for 39th after firing a 79 while freshman Leigh Phillips completed her first collegiate round with an 84 and stands in a tie for 60th.

Second round play will begin Monday morning with a first-tee start at 7 a.m. CT. The third and final round will begin Tuesday at 7 a.m. CT with a shotgun start.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University women's basketball team (6-19, 1-11 SEC) dropped its home closer to the University of Kentucky (19-6, 8-4 SEC), 51-46, on Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum. Senior forward Mamie McKinney and freshman guard/forward Robin Porter led MSU with 10 points each.

"We had two or three possessions where I think we got anxious a little bit, " said MSU head coach Sharon Fanning. "The first half, we took some shots off of the second and third option. We didn't get those later in the game. We could see a look of frustration, and it just seemed a little too quick. We didn't do it together. We gave up lay-ups and second shots and missed free throws."

Marked by four lead changes and two ties, the first half saw the Wildcats take an early six-point lead, 10-4, with 11:15 remaining in the period. The Lady Bulldogs fought back to tie the game and take an eventual five-point lead. With 1:34 remaining in the half, MSU led by seven, its largest lead of the period. The Wildcats fought back to within three as MSU took a 26-23 lead into the lockerroom at the break. McKinney, Porter and senior guard Doceide Warren led MSU with six points each in the opening period.

In the second half, Kentucky fought to within one and tied the contest at 28-28 with 18:05 to play. From there, MSU rallied to go up by 11 with 12:36 to play. With 11:12 left on the clock, the Wildcats got a three-point basket from Carly Ormerod to trim the State lead to four. On the next UK possession, Sarah Elliott hit a jumper to bring the 'Cats to within two. MSU managed to stretch the lead back out to four, but with 4:36 remaining in the game, Eleia Roddy's free-throw basket tied the game at 45-45. With Roddy's jumper at the 3:59 mark, UK led the rest of the way to take the 51-46 win.

Samantha Mahoney led Kentucky with 18 points, while Eleia Roddy added 12.

State closes out the 2005-06 regular season on the road at South Carolina on Feb. 23 and at LSU on Feb. 26.

-Today's loss marked the 10th straight for the Lady Bulldogs and a school record for losses in a single season. State's overall loss record is 11 games from Feb. 6, 1994 to Dec. 2, 1995.
-With Kentucky's win, the series is now tied 15-15. MSU leads 8-5 in games played in Starkville. Kentucky's win snaps a five-game MSU win streak in the series.

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