Lady Bulldogs Pound Kentucky, 96-46

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The 14th-ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs recorded their largest margin of victory over the Kentucky Wildcats with a 96-46 victory on Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. The previous was a 20-point win during the 1987 campaign. The 50-point win is the largest in school history versus a Southeastern Conference team.

State scored the game's first 17 points. The Wildcats didn't hit their first basket until the 12:04 mark of the first half. The Maroon and White took advantage of the Wildcats miscues scoring 23 points off of 14 UK turnovers. The MSU defense held the Blue and White to just 30 percent shooting.

"I felt that we made some things happen," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "We kept our focus and our defense was a key. We kept their field goal percentage to 30 percent in the first half," said Fanning.

State pushed its lead out to 40 points at 63-23 with 13:54 left to play. MSU came out of the locker room on a 22-6 run to give them the 40-point edge. For the game the Lady 'Dogs scored 42 points off 25 UK turnovers. MSU out- rebounded the 'Cats 42-23.

MSU had a great day from behind the arc, hitting 12-of-18 treys. The 12 treys tied a season-high. State finished shooting 59 percent from the field, while UK shot just 37 percent.

Four MSU players reached double figures in scoring for the fourth time this season. LaToya Thomas led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds. Tan White finished with 19 points, five assists and five steals. Rebecca Kates contributed 11 points, Kates was 3-for-4 from three-point range. Seneca Anderson came off the bench to add 10 points.

Kentucky had two players in double figures in scoring. Danyelle Payne finished with 12 points, while Sara Potts registered 10 points.

"There's not one team in our league right now that can't beat another team," said Fanning Hopefully, we can carry this over, we have to be focused," added Fanning.

The Lady Bulldogs travel to Fayetteville, Ark. Thursday to face the 13th-ranked Arkansas Lady Razorbacks. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in Bud Walton Arena on the Arkansas campus. State will return to the Humphrey Coliseum next Sunday to square off with the Mississippi Lady Rebels. Tip-off has been moved to 4 p.m.

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