"I can't think of a bigger win," said head coach Sharon Fanning. "We got a sizeable lead, we found a way to attack them. I am very proud of this win."
The Lady 'Dogs came out of the dressing room the same way they opened the game. They outscored the Lady 'Backs 12-4 in the opening minutes of the half to take their biggest lead of the game, 26 points, at the 13:10 mark. Arkansas caught fire midway through the half and made a run of their own. UA cut the deficit down to 11 points, 64-53, with three minutes left to play, but the Lady Bulldogs hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
LaToya Thomas finished with 35 points and seven rebounds. Thomas was 12-of-14 from the charity stripe, both season-highs for the Greenville, Miss. native. She now has 2,791 total career points, placing her third on the Southeastern Conference's all-time women's scorer's list. Tan White registered 25 points and eight boards, the sophomore also recorded six steals. Freshman forward Blessing Chekwa pulled down a career-high 10 boards.
"This is a team (Arkansas) that beat LSU here," said Fanning. "If you are going to win in this league you have to win on the road."
MSU improves to 19-6, 7-4 SEC, while UA dropped to 19-7, 6-5 SEC. The win moves the Lady ‘Dogs into a fourth-place tie in the SEC standings with Vanderbilt.
State returns home Sunday to face rival Mississippi in a 4 p.m. tip off time in the Humphrey Coliseum. They close out the home portion of the regular season with a Thursday night rematch with the Georgia Bulldogs.