Lady Bulldogs Win Third Straight Over Mississippi

OXFORD, Miss. - The 14th-ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (13-3, 2-1) claimed their third straight victory over in-state rival Mississippi (11-5, 1-3) 69-60 in Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford Sunday afternoon. State has now won eight of the last 10 meetings with the Lady Rebels. Mississippi suffered its first loss at home this season.

The Maroon and White finished the first half with a 12-0 run to take a one-point advantage at 29-28 into the dressing room. Mississippi built their lead out to as many as 11 before MSU went on the scoring spurt. The Lady 'Dog defense stepped up in the final seven minutes of the half. UM didn't hit a basket in the last seven minutes.

In the second half, UM regained the lead and led by as many as eight. MSU went on an 11-0 run to overtake the lead and never lost it. The Lady 'Dogs stretched their lead out to as many as nine points with 4:49 left.

Both teams shot well from the charity stripe. Combined they were 38-42 from the line. UM was a perfect 17-17. UM's Amber Watts, who led the Lady Rebels in scoring with 20, was 10-10. The Lady Bulldogs were 21-25 from the line. MSU held UM to just 27 percent from the field, while State shot 38 percent for the game.

Senior all-American LaToya Thomas led State in scoring with 30 points, scoring 16 of her 30 in the first half. She also pulled down nine rebounds. With her second rebound of the game, Thomas overtook MSU women's all-time career rebounds category with 944 rebounds. This is the seventh category she has claimed overall and third she has topped this season.

MSU placed two other players in double figures in scoring. Tan White registered her 10th double-double of her career with her 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Rebecca Kates contributed 10 points as well. Freshman Doceide Warren added eight points and dished out a career-high seven assists.

The Lady Bulldogs return home Thursday for a match-up with the Auburn Tigers. Tip off in the Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. The game can be heard on WFCA-FM 107.9. MSU is 6-0 on the home court this season.

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