By Miss. State Media Relations
ATHENS, Ga. – A 13-0 Georgia run midway through the first half created early separation as Mississippi State dropped a 78-58 decision in a Southeastern Conference women’s basketball game played Sunday afternoon in the Stegeman Coliseum.
The homestanding and 24th-ranked Bulldogs remain one of two unbeaten teams in league play. Georgia improved to 16-3 overall and 6-0 in league play with a seventh straight victory, while MSU fell to 8-10 and 0-6 with a seventh straight defeat. UGA also snapped a two-game losing streak in the series while winning here for a fifth straight time.
For a third straight contest, the Maroon and White did not have answers on the offensive end. MSU has had a stretch of seven or more minutes without scoring in each of those contests.
After scoring the first five points of the game, MSU still was within striking distance with a 14-13 deficit. From there, the hosts scored the game’s next 13 points, as MSU went 7:30 without scoring.
A layup by MSU’s Porsha Porter stopped that run, bringing the MSU ladies within 27-15 with 2:26 left in the half.
Georgia ended the opening half on a 9-3 run to take a commanding 40-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The teams traded baskets for the opening stages of the game’s final half. A layup by Catina Bett brought MSU within 54-30 with 12:09 left.
This time, MSU went better than three minutes without scoring. The homestanding Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure as a series of transition baskets sparked a 10-0 run. Georgia built a 64-30 advantage with 9:11 left in the contest.
Down 70-35, MSU pieced together a 14-4 run but got no closer than the final deficit the remainder of the way.
For the contest, MSU hit 23 of 70 shots from the field (32.9 percent), 4 of 25 shots from 3-point range (16.0 percent) and 8 of 9 shots from the foul line (88.9 percent). UGA hit 28 of 61 shots from the field (45.9 percent), 4 of 12 shots from 3-point range (33.3 percent) and 18 of 25 shots from the foul line (72.0 percent).
UGA held a 46-40 rebounding advantage. MSU had 12 assists and 19 turnovers, while UGA had 16 assists and 18 turnovers.
Mary Kathryn Govero led MSU with 17 points, while Diamber Johnson added 10 points. Ashley Brown just missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia received a game-high 17 points from Anne Marie Armstrong. Porsha Phillips had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Also in double figures for the hosts were Khaalidah Miller with 13 points and Ronika Ransford with 12 points.
The Lady Bulldogs remain on the road for a matchup Thursday night with fifth-ranked Tennessee. Game time is set for 6 p.m. CT from Thompson-Boling Arena. The MSU-UT contest will be televised regionally by CSS. MSU returns home for Florida at 1 p.m. on Jan. 30.