Lady Bulldogs Defeat UCF 81-30

ORLANDO, Fla. -­ The 14th ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs closed out the Central Florida Holiday Classic in convincing fashion with an 81-30 victory over the Golden Knight of Central Florida Friday afternoon in Orlando, Florida.

The 51-point margin was the largest victory margin for MSU since their 50-point win over Morris Brown last season. The Lady Bulldogs (8-1) have reeled off six straight wins, five of them on the road.

The Maroon and White jumped out to a seven-point lead with 12:29 left in the first 20 minutes. Freshman guard Doceide Warren came off the bench to hit three consecutive treys to spark the Lady ‘Dogs offense. Playing in only her third game in a MSU uniform she lead the team with 15 points, 11 in the first half and seven ebounds. She also dished out three assists and had two steals.

"She is making some big plays for us," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "They (Central Florida) went to a zone when she came in and hit her first three shots, I think that sparked us today," Fanning added. MSU went on a 16-4 run to close out the first 20 minutes of the game. They took a 39-17 lead in to the halftime break.

In the second half, State picked up right where they left off in the first half. UCF scored the first points of the half on a lay up by Shayla Smith. That would be the only points for the Golden Knights until the 6:03 mark of the half. The Lady Bulldogs went on a 28-2 run to build their lead out to 48 points.

The MSU defense pressured the Golden Knights all day long. The Black and Gold shot just 23 percent from the field for the game. In the second half they were 4-24 shooting. State out-rebounded UCF 45-27.

"I can't remember a better defensive performance that we have had," mentioned Fanning. "It was great team work on the defensive end, it was great to see the intensity level that was missing yesterday."

MSU placed four players in double figures for the first time this season. LaToya Thomas scored 13 points in her 23 minutes of play, while Tan White poured in 12 points; White led the team with six assists and no turnovers. Junior forward Seneca Anderson contributed a season-high 12 points. Ebonie Ferguson and Tiffany Burton added six points each.

"This is a good way for us to go in to the Christmas break", Fanning said. "The Utah game is going to be a tough opening game in Montana."

MSU will take a couple of days off for the holidays before they head west to Montana to participate in the University of Montana Lady Griz Holiday Classic December 28-29. Fanning's squad will take on Utah in the opening round of the classic. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT. The game can be heard on WFCA-FM 107.9.

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