No. 20 Lady Bulldogs Travel to No. 14 Penn State

STARKVILLE, Miss. - After defeating South Alabama, 87-61, in the first round and then eventually breezing by Tulsa in the second, 92-66, the Lady Bulldogs are traveling to University Park, Pa. to take on No. 14 Penn State in the semifinals of the WNIT on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. (ET).

The winner of the Mississippi State/Penn State game will face the winner of the Southern California/No. 4 Kansas State game in the finals on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Thomas' 42 points versus Tulsa set a new preseason WNIT record for points in a game. The previous record was 41 points held by Jackie Stiles of Southwest Missouri State vs. Davidson (11/13/98). Thomas set a new record with 20 field goals against the Golden Hurricane. Jackie Stiles held the previous record of 15 when SMS played Davidson (11/13/98).

Senior forward LaToya Thomas and sophomore guard Tan White are making their presence known this season on the court. The duo have already recorded 111 points, 39 rebounds, 10 assists and 13 steals in just the first two games of the season vs. South Alabama and Tulsa.

Penn State defeated Bucknell, 86-72, in the first round of the preseason WNIT. Kelly Mazzante led the Lady Lions with 25 points and five rebounds. Penn State out-shot Bucknell 53.1 percent to 37.5 percent. The Lady Lions cruised past Siena in the second round, 90-61. Mazzante posted 33 points and Jessica Brungo pulled down eight boards.

Penn State finished the 2001-02 season with a 23-12 overall record and second in the Big Ten at 11-5.

The Blue and White returned eight letterwinners, including three starters. The Lady Lions advanced to the Mideast Regional Semifinals in the 2002 NCAA Tournament, falling to Connecticut, 82-64.

This is the first meeting between the two schools. MSU is 2-3 versus the Big Ten.

Mississippi State's LaToya Thomas and Penn State's Kelly Mazzante were respectively the No. 2 and No. 1 players with the highest scoring percentage for the 2001-02 season. Thomas posted 24.6 ppg and Mazzante posted 24.9 ppg.

In second round action, No. 14 Penn State topped Siena, 90-61. On the opposite side of the bracket, No. 4 Kansas State routed Georgia Tech 83-59, and Southern California upset No. 24 Colorado State, 59-58.

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