Lady Bulldogs Defeat Mercer, 50-37

MACON, Ga. - Sophomore Robin Porter notched her fifth career double-double to help the Mississippi State women's basketball team (9-5)beat homestanding Mercer (1-12) 50-37 in Macon, Ga., at the University Center Tuesday night. The win was State's fifth in a row and third straight on the road.

In the first half of action, the Lady Bulldogs used 33 percent shooting to edge Mercer by two points at the intermission, 19-17. The 19 points were the lowest point output in a half this season by MSU. The Lady Bulldogs used an 8-1 run to go up by as many as eight points in the half. The Lady Bears outrebounded Mississippi State 23-17 in the first period. MSU was led in the half by Porter and freshman Bethany Washington, who scored six points a piece.

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.

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