MSU Defeats Arkansas-Pine Bluff 85-56

STARKVILLE , Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team got back to its winning ways on Tuesday evening as the Lady Bulldogs (5-2) defeated the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions (1-3), 85-56, at Humphrey Coliseum.

In the first half, both teams went back and forth over the first ten minutes of the period. Leading by a score of 16-15 with just under 12 minutes to play in the half, the Lady Bulldogs then distanced themselves from the Lady Lions. State outscored Arkansas Pine-Bluff 31-12 over the final 10 minutes of the opening period, giving MSU a 47-27 lead at the intermission.

The Lady Bulldogs picked up where they left off during the second period. MState built on their halftime lead, using defense and stellar shooting to race past the Lady Lions. MSU shot 57 percent from behind the arc, while holding the Lady Lions to just 36 percent shooting from the field in the second half.

The Lady Bulldogs had five players in double-figures for the game. Senior forward Imesia Jackson tallied her second consecutive double-double, the fifth of her career with 12 points and 11 boards. Junior guard/forward Robin Porter led MState in scoring with 13 points, while sophomore forward Tysheka Grimes had 11. Freshman forward Mary Kathryn Govero tallied 10 for the Lady Bulldogs.

Sophomore guard Alexis Rack ended the game with 12, shooting 4-of-5 from behind the arc. With her four three-point field goals made, she now has 81 total career three-point field goals made, good enough for 10th on the all-time list.

"Imesia (Jackson) did a great job rebounding and Robin (Porter) was able to pick up some blocks which means we are aware of where the ball was," said MSU Head Coach Sharon Fanning. "We must get things clicking on all cylinders and continue to improve. We did a good job tonight and it is always great to have five people score in double figures."

Arica Green led the Lady Lions with a game-high 14 points, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

State's women return to Humphrey Coliseum Thursday night to take on in-state rival Southern Mississippi. Tipoff between the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Eagles is scheduled for 7 pm. CT.

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