MSU Women Defeat New Orleans, 61-54

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs earned its second straight victory and sixth of the year, as they defeated New Orleans, 61-54 in Jackson. The seven-point win snapped a four-game skid on neutral courts.

"I think that with a young team, confidence comes from success," said MSU Head Coach Sharon Fanning. "That is one thing I have been noticing in our progression. We have had people step up and hit the shots that we need, and when we hit those shots all of a sudden we are playing hard defensively, pushing the ball in transition, and forcing turnovers. With players like Tysheka (Grimes) and Heather (Hollis) hitting the big shots tonight, it boosted our play on both ends of the floor and it showed tonight."

After taking an early 10-2 lead, the Lady Privateers (6-7) battled back to tie the game at 15. However, MSU (6-5) went on a 14-0 run, taking a 29-15 lead with 7:05 to play in the first half. UNO never got closer than eight points, as the Lady Bulldogs took a 37-24 lead into halftime.

In the second half, MState took its largest lead of the game 2:30 in at 39-24. The Lady Privateers tried to chip away at the lead, but Mississippi State answered UNO's baskets with one of its own, keeping New Orleans at bay. UNO outshot the Lady Bulldogs 43% to 36%, however, the biggest difference in the game was rebounding. MSU outrebounded New Orleans, 45-31.

Mississippi State was led by freshman Tysheka Grimes earned her second consecutive double-double, tallying a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. She is the first player to record back-to-back double-doubles since Robin Porter February 5th and 9th against South Carolina and Florida.

Added Fanning, "It was a great win, a great way to go into Christmas being above .500, and hopefully will continue to progress and be ready to play after Christmas break."

State will be off for the Christmas break before returning to action December 29th against Tennessee State in the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30, with Georgia Tech/Alcorn State to follow.


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