Lady Bulldogs Defeat Mercer, 89-51

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team picked up its fourth win of the season with a 89-51 victory over the Mercer Bears (2-3) Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 1999-00 season.

In the first half, both teams came out trading baskets in the first five minutes of the period. Leading 9-8 with just over 14 minutes to play in the half, the Lady Bulldogs would build off great shooting to take a lead going into the break. MState went on a 21-9 run to close out the period with a 41-23 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs were led in scoring in the first half by sophomore guard Alexis Rack, who scored 15 points. Marneshia Richard added six assists in just 11 minutes of action in the first period.

Mercer was paced by guard Shakeda Richie, who scored nine of the team's 23 points in the first half. The Lady Bulldogs continued their hot shooting performance in the second stanza, coming out on a 14-0 run to begin the period. Not to be out done, the MSU defense held the Lady Bears to just fewer than 28 percent shooting from the field in the second period.

Mississippi State had five players in double-digits; including sophomore forward Tysheka Grimes who posted her third career double-double for the Lady Bulldogs with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Meanwhile, junior forward Donisha Tate added a season-high 11 points for MSU. Alexis Rack led all scorers in the game with a season-high 21 points for the Lady Bulldogs.

Mercer was led by guards Cristin Seymour and Shakeda Richie, who each scored 12 points for the Lady Bears.

Mississippi State travels to Cancun, Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday to play in the Cancun Caribbean Challenge. The Lady Bulldogs begin the tournament playing Iowa Thursday at 12:30 p.m. CT.

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