12th-Ranked Lady Bulldogs Sweep Ole Miss, 70-62

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (20-6, 8-4) recorded their 20th win of the season with a 70-62 win over archrival Mississippi Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum. State has swept the season series with the Lady Rebels for the second consecutive season.

MSU built out its largest lead of the first half at the 10:59 mark at 19-10. UM went on an 11-4 run to close the gap to 23-21 with 4:21 left in the first half. The Lady 'Dogs went to the locker room with a one-point advantage at 27-26.

"You have to believe in yourself and believe in your teammates and that is what we did today," said head coach Sharon Fanning.

State opened the second half with a 12-2 run to give them a 10-point lead with 16:38 to play. They would increase that margin to as many as 18-points at the 3:55 mark of the second half. The closest the Lady Rebels got was the final margin of eight points. MSU shot 50 percent in the second half, while UM shot just 37 percent in the final 20 minutes.

The Lady 'Dogs took advantage of the 26 UM miscues by scoring 28 points off turnovers.

Senior forward LaToya Thomas led all scorers with 37 points, moving her into the NCAA's top 10 scoring list with 2,828 career points. Tan White finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. White also had five steals. Doceide Warren added five points, while Renea Jones and Mamie McKinney both scored four points.

"I was letting the game come to me, " said LaToya Thomas. "I wasn't rushing anything and was looking for my teammates when they were open."

State improved to 20-6 on the season, 8-4 in the Southeastern Conference. MSU remains tied for fourth with the Vanderbilt Commodores. VU defeated Florida 64-58 on Sunday.

Genice Terry led UM with 19 points and nine rebounds. Ashley Johnson recorded 16, while Amber Watts finished with 11 before fouling out. The Lady Rebels dropped to 12-13 overall 1-11 in SEC.

The Lady Bulldogs close out the home schedule Thursday night facing the Georgia Bulldogs. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. in the Humphrey Coliseum. Thursday night will also be Senior Night for Renea Jones, Keisha Stringfellow and LaToya Thomas.

"I expect a bunch of really good athletes to come in here and play hard," said Fanning. "We have to play our very best basketball."

Gene's Page Top Stories