Lady Bulldogs Are Now 5-0 On The Season

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's Chanel Mokango scored 17 points and the Lady Bulldogs led from start to finish, in a 72-42 romp over the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters in women's college basketball action Wednesday night in the Humphrey Coliseum.

With the victory, MSU improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Louisiana Tech dropped to 2-4 on the campaign.

The Lady Bulldogs took control early, breaking a 2-2 with a 14-2 run. During that outburst, Mokango had a pair of steals and fast-break layups. Minutes later, a layup by Robin Porter allowed the hosts to open up a 17-point advantage, at 31-14.

MSU continued its hot shooing in the opening half and strong defensive pressure to carry a commanding 37-20 lead into the locker room at the half.

"Our defensive intensity was outstanding in this game," MSU head coach Sharon Fanning said. "We stepped up made some stops and really caused some problems with our pressure defense."

Adrienne Johnson scored a layup on Tech's first possession of the second half. However, the Lady Techsters could get no closer over the final 19:50. A 14-5 run saw MSU open up a 53-27 advantage with 12:06 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs then used some of their 24 bench points to open up the game's largest lead, at 72-36 with 2:04 remaining.

"We did a lot of things good on the offensive end, made too many turnovers," Fanning said. "However, the mistakes were made through effort. I like the start to the young season. We have a good attitude and the players are really focused on getting better."

The Lady Bulldogs forced 26 turnovers and held a 24-19 advantage in bench scoring and 14-4 advantage in fast break points.

Mokango had 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting from the field and a team-high eight rebounds. Also in double figures were Porter and Armelie Lumanu each with 10 points.

Whitney Jones paced the Lady Techsters with 11 points. Johnson had a team-high seven rebounds.

For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs converted 28 of 70 shots from the field (40.0 percent), 2 of 17 shots from 3-point range (11.8 percent) and 14 of 18 from the foul line (77.8 percent). Louisiana Tech hit on 19 of 62 shots from the field (30.6 percent), 1 of 16 from 3-point range (6.3 percent) and 3 of 5 from the foul line (60.0 percent).

MSU enjoyed a 51-38 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs dished out 18 assists but committed 20 turnovers.

The Lady Bulldogs conclude their three-game homestand with Nicholls State Sunday and Memphis on Dec. 14. Both contests are slated for 2 p.m. starts at Humphrey Coliseum.


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