Lady Bulldogs Record Third Straight SEC Win

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The 13th-ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs picked up their third straight Southeastern Conference victory with a 69-60 decision over the Auburn Tigers Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum. With the win MSU has now won seven straight games at home. Auburn has not been victorious in Starkville since the 1994 season.

MSU jumped out to a 10-point lead with 12:06 remaining in the first half. They outscored AU 11-5 during a four-minute stretch. The Tigers stormed back with a 14-2 scoring spurt to tie their first lead of the game at 27-25. Both squads shot well from the field in the half. State hit 15-of-30 shots, while AU was 14-of-29.

"We went to a two-three (zone defense). I felt like they missed some shots," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "We think that as we get better in terms of our communication that changing defenses will be important to us," Fanning added.

Senior forward LaToya Thomas had game-high scoring honors with 26. Thomas had 13 points at the halftime break, she also grabbed eight rebounds in her 38 minutes of play. Sophomore guard Tan White posted her 11th career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Blessing Chekwa was the other Lady 'Dog to reach double digits in the scoring column with 10 points.

In the final 20 minutes, Auburn took its last lead of the night at 39-38 on the first basket of the half. MSU used a 16-6 scoring run to take a 60-49 with nine minutes left in the game. The closest the Tigers would get was two points with 3:58 left in the game.

The Lady Bulldogs travel to Knoxville, Tenn. Sunday to take on the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. (ET) in the Thompson-Boling Arena. MSU returns to the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum next Thursday against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"We have to come and be focused on the game," said LaToya Thomas. "There will be a lot of orange and white. It's all you can see. It's a great atmosphere to go in to."

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