Lady Bulldogs Post 79-63 Win at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -­ The 19th ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs left Elma Roane Fieldhouse with a 79-63 win over the Memphis Tigers Wednesday night. The win was only the second time the Lady Bulldogs have won in the Bluff City. The other came in 1983.

MSU (5-1) opened up an eight-point lead four minutes into the contest, but UM clawed back to tie the game at 21 with just over seven minutes left in the half. The Maroon and White went on a 9-0 run late in the half to take a 12-point advantage at halftime.

Senior All-American LaToya Thomas, who was playing in her 100th game as a Lady Bulldog had 10 points at the break. Thomas opened the second half with eight straight points to extend State's lead to 14 points. She finished with 25 points and three blocks. MSU had the hot-hooting hand in the final 20 minutes, shooting 57 percent.

"I'm proud of how well the team responded to the changes we made in the second half," said head coach Sharon fanning.

Sophomore guard Tan White was the only other Lady 'Dog in double-digits. She scored 17 points and grabbed nine boards. White posted her 33rd game scoring in double digits. She also had a season-high five steals.

In a great team effort for the Lady Bulldogs, Rebecca Kates and Renea Jones poured in nine points each. Blessing Chekwa added eight points and seven boards. Chekwa had a career-high six assists. Fellow freshman Mamie McKinney recorded seven points for MSU. As a team State shot over 50 percent from the field and from behind the arc.

"It was a great road win for our team," said Fanning. "We had to adjust defensively on Shannon Hamp," Fanning added.

Hamp led the Lady Tigers in the scoring column with 25 points.

Victoria Crawford added 11 points for UM. The loss was the first of the season for the Lady Tigers (4-1).

MSU will return to the hardwood on Saturday, December 14th when they travel to Chicago, Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini of Illinois. The MSU-UI match-up will be played in the United Center. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast on 107.9 WFCA-FM.

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