Lady Bulldogs Fall to Tennessee, 82-68

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -­ Mississippi State's three-game winning streak came to a halt Sunday afternoon against the third-ranked Lady Volunteers of Tennessee, 82-68 in front of 10,213 in the Thompson-Boiling Arena.

The Lady Vols (16-3, 5-0) used a 6-0 scoring run in the final minutes of the first half to take their largest lead of the half, 38-29. State's last bucket of the first half came at the 4:23 mark. Rebecca Kates nailed a three-pointer to trim the UT lead down to three at 31-28. MSU (14-4, 3-2) had to play much of the first 20 minutes without sophomore guard Tan White due to her picking up three early fouls.

The Maroon and White opened the second half of the game like UT finished the first half with a scoring spurt of their own. The Lady 'Dogs scored the first nine points of the second period to tie the game at 38-38. MSU would take their first lead of the game since they led 6-5 two minutes in to the game at 41-40 with 17:23 left in the game. That lead would be the last one for the Lady 'Dogs. UT regained the momentum and pushed their lead out to as many as 16 points late in the game.

State was led in the scoring column by senior forward LaToya Thomas who scored 28 to lead all-scorers. With her 28 points, she moves in to fifth-place on the Southeastern Conference's all-time scoring chart with 2,605 career points. Tan White finished the game with 14 points, 10 came in the second half. Seneca Anderson came off the bench for MSU to score eight points. Anderson was active on the backboards as well pulling down eight boards. Rebecca Kates and Renea Jones both added six points. Kates grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, eight on the defensive end. Freshman Blessing Chekwa tied her career-high in rebounds with seven.

Gwen Jackson led the Lady Vols with 25 points and 12 rebounds. The Orange and White put two other players in double-digits with Kara Lawson pouring in 15 points and Shanna Zolman with 14 points.

The Lady Bulldogs will try to get back in the win column this Thursday when the University of Alabama comes to town for a 7 p.m. tip off. UA defeated Mississippi Sunday 81-70.

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