Coming out in the second half, MSU extended its lead throughout and used an 8-2 run in the final minutes to put the game out of reach. The Lady Bulldogs finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 60 percent from the charity stripe. MState used its defense to create havoc for the Lady Bears, forcing them to commit 25 turnovers compared to MSU's 17. Mississippi State also had 13 steals in the contest.
Porter finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds on a 5-of-11 shooting performance to lead MState. Washington, who was 5-for-7 from the field, tallied 10 points and pulled down six rebounds to contribute in the Lady Bulldog victory while junior Amy Reeder, who came off the bench, added nine points to equal her career-high.
The Lady Bulldogs will open Southeastern Conference play this Sunday, Jan. 7, facing Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. The contest, slated for Bud Walton Arena, will tip-off at 2 p.m. CT.