Thomas Challenges Fans to "Pack the Hump&quot

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The 11th-ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (16-5, 5-4) will host No. 4 LSU (19-1, 7-1) on its undefeated homecourt (8-0) in a 2 p.m. showdown on Sunday afternoon in Humphrey Coliseum. In an effort to get children involved in sports, MSU will participate in "Take A Kid To The Game", where any child (18 and under) who is accompanied by an adult, will get into the game free.

"It's a great opportunity for local youths to come and see a championship caliber basketball team," said Assistant AD of Marketing Mike Richey. "We are excited that the date worked out for this game in particular since it is a critical SEC West match-up of two top 15 teams."

MSU is hoping to "Pack the Hump" for Sunday's game in response to senior All-American LaToya Thomas' challenge to play in front of a packed house before she graduates.

"One of my goals for the season is to pack the Hump before I graduate," said Thomas. "It's always great to play in front of a home crowd. I challenge our fans to come out and support us."

The attendance record to break is 5,863, set vs. Tennessee Feb. 17, 2000.

LSU has a commanding lead on the series, 31-4. The one thing that the Lady Bulldogs have going for them is that all four of MSU¹s wins have been in Starkville. The last win was in 1995. LSU defeated MSU, 88-77, in the last meeting on Feb. 21, 2002 in Baton Rouge.

MSU is three home wins shy of tying the best undefeated homecourt streak under head coach Sharon Fanning. The Lady Bulldogs have eight straight wins at home under their belt but are looking to top Fanning¹s 11-0 homecourt run during the 1999-2000 season. That run was brought to a halt by LSU on Jan. 30, 2000 when they defeated MSU, 64-58.

MSU is one of four SEC schools that remain undefeated at home. LSU is 11-0, Tennessee and Georgia are both 8-0.

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