BATON ROUGE, La. — While looking for another quality road win in the Southeastern Conference, the No. 11 Mississippi State women’s basketball team turned to its defense in a time of need.
After a sluggish first quarter, the Bulldogs heated up on both ends of the court to post a 71-52 win over LSU Thursday night at the Maravich Assembly Center.
MSU won its third straight to improve to 20-4 overall and 7-3 in league play. The Bulldogs have won 20 or more games seven times in program history, including three straight times under fourth-year coach Vic Schaefer.
It is the first time in program history the Bulldogs have claimed three straight 20-win seasons.
MSU remained tied with Florida for second place in the conference standings with six games remaining by snapping a nine-game series losing streak to LSU and winning for just the second time in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are now 8-15 and 2-8.
“Awfully proud of our kids,” Schaefer said. “I have seen so much film on LSU and I thought we might have the 52. They are great in the zone. For us to score 71 points, I give our kids credit for execution and making shots.
“Defensively, I was pleased for three quarters. We did a great job in the second and third quarters, holding them to six and 10 points. It was really a complete-game effort.”
Victoria Vivians led MSU in scoring with 14 points. Morgan William added 11 points, while Dominique Dillingham added 10 points. Vivians also had a team-high nine rebounds.
After the teams finished the first quarter in a 10-10 tie, MSU held LSU without a field goal for almost seven minutes to start the second quarter.
A 3-pointer by William gave the Maroon and White the lead for good at 13-11 with 8:49 left in the half. The Bulldogs used a 9-0 run to take a 19-11 lead.
In the second quarter alone, the Bulldogs hit 8 of 11 shots from the field for 72.2 percent shooting. MSU led 30-16 at halftime.
In the third quarter, LSU closed within 11 at 32-21 before MSU responded with an 8-0 run. The lead kept climbing and stood at 23 at 49-26 after three quarters of play.
For the contest, MSU hit 28 of 57 shots from the field (49.1 percent), 5 of 12 shots from 3-point range (41.7 percent) and 10 of 13 shots from the foul line (76.9 percent). LSU hit 19 of 48 shots from the field (39.6 percent), 1 of 2 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent) and 13 of 17 shots from the foul line (76.5 percent).
MSU held a 35-26 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had nine assists and 10 turnovers, while the Tigers had seven assists and 13 turnovers.
LSU received 15 points from Shanice Norton and 10 points each from Rina Hill and Akilah Bethel.
MSU hosts Missouri at 2 p.m. Sunday in Humphrey Coliseum. The game will be available on the SEC Network + onwww.watchespn.com and the WatchESPN app.
(From MSU Media Relations)