Lady Bulldogs Win 79-69 At UAB

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The Mississippi State women's basketball (11-3) team picked up its first road victory over the UAB Blazers (4-9) in Birmingham since 1990 with a 79-69 victory Thursday night behind a season-high 22 points from sophomore Tysheka Grimes.

After getting off to a slow start in the first half of play, the Lady Bulldogs used a pair of free throws by junior Donnisha Tate and a three pointer by Grimes at the 12:33 mark to gain their first lead of the game at 15-13. After UAB tied the game at 15, MSU went on a 12-2 run to take a 27-15 lead with 7:27 left in the half.

The Blazers would not go away, putting together a 10-0 run of their own before Tate knocked down a pair of free throws and a jumper to extend the lead to six points at 31-23. A last-second layup by junior Marneshia Richard allowed MState to take a slim 37-34 lead into the locker room.

MSU came out in the second period and put together a 15-7 run behind the scoring of Rack, Grimes and Tate, making the score 52-41. The Lady Bulldogs kept pouring it on, going on a 9-0 run with 10:40 left in play to bring the score to 61-44. The Blazers came back to cut the deficit to 10 points, but a free throw by freshman Mary Kathryn Govero, a jumper by junior Robin Porter and free throws by Grimes with 2:23 left would seal the game for MState.

MState placed four players in double figures with Tysheka Grimes leading the way, her 22 points coming on 8-of-18 shooting from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line. She also tied for the team lead with nine rebounds. Richard notched 16 points, her third straight double-figure scoring game, on 6-for-11 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from the charity stripe. Rack chipped in 12 points and a career-high nine boards, and ran her streak to 29 straight games with at least one three-point basket. Tate tallied a career-high 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds.

The Blazers were led by Crystal McFadden's 16 points and eight rebounds. The Maroon and White defense held UAB's leading scorer and rebounder - Diamond Rogers - to nine points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs outrebounded UAB, 49-37, and also dominated in the paint by outscoring the Blazers 40-22 from short range.

MState closes out its non-conference slate at home Monday evening, hosting Mississippi Valley State in a 7 p.m. contest at Humphrey Coliseum.

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