Lady Bulldogs Get 76-57 Road Win at Houston

HOUSTON, TX ­ The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs recorded their first road victory over the Houston Cougars 76-57 at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas Wednesday night.<P> The Lady Bulldogs went on a five minute 16-0 spurt in the opening half of the game to take a 35-16 lead at the 5:07 mark of the half. MSU took a 19-point lead at halftime at 45-26. State shot 53 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes.

"I'm pleased that we had a 19-point lead at halftime," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "We held them to 29 percent in the first half," added Fanning.

LaToya Thomas and Tan White paced the Maroon and White offense. Thomas poured in 31 points, while White scored a career-high 29 points. Both were perfect from the charity stripe. The Lady Bulldogs (4-1) as a team shot a season-high 84.2 percent from the free throw line.

Thomas recorded her 99th career double-double in her 34 minutes of play. Along with her 31 points she pulled down 13 rebounds. White was 3-5 from three-point range. With her three treys she moves into a tie for 10th with fellow teammate Jessica Carter on MSU's three-pointers made list.

Sophomore forward Seneca Anderson contributed six points. She also grabbed five boards in the contest. Renea Jones added five points.

"We need to focus on being the best team we can be. We need to defend and take care of the ball better," Fanning said. "When we do that we will be a better team," she added.

Chandi Jones had a game-high 33 points for the homestanding Cougars (1-2).

The Lady Bulldogs will break for the Thanksgiving holiday and return to the hardwood on December 4th, when they travel to Memphis to take on the University of Memphis Tigers. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.


  • With her 31 points LaToya Thomas has scored back-to-back 30-point games. The last time she reached 30 or more in consecutive games was last season against Auburn and Alabama.
  • With her four blocks, Thomas owns another MSU milestone. She leads the school's career block list, surpassing Sharon Thompson.

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