Lady Bulldogs edge Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. – Mississippi State (6-3) used a 15-0 run in the midst of the second half to down the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters 72-68 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La., Saturday evening.

Down by four points at the half and as many as 10 midway through the second half, State outscored LTU 45-37 in the second period to claim the win in its first road game of the season.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair as Tech took a 31-27 lead into the lockerroom. Both teams led by as many as five points through the first 20 minutes. After a 3-0 start by the Lady Bulldogs, LTU battled back to take a 10-5 lead five minutes into the half. Mississippi State would battle back to take the lead again at 17-15 at the midpoint of the opening period. Mississippi State would open up its largest lead in the first period at 22-17 before the Lady Techsters closed the half on a 14-5 run in the final 7:06.

Louisiana Tech (4-3) would gradually build a lead in the second half, taking a 37-30 advantage five minutes in. With 10:16 left in the final half, Louisiana Tech had opened up a 10-point lead at 49-39. From that point however, the Lady Bulldogs turned the momentum, scoring 15 unanswered points ending with a 54-49 lead with 6:41 left on an Alexis Rack three-pointer.

Louisiana Tech would respond however and tie the game 57-57 with 4:10 left. After MSU claimed a brief lead, Louisiana Tech would tie it for the final time 61-61 with 2:12 left. From that point, a made layup by Armelie Lumanu and a three-point play by Alexis Rack gave State a 66-61 lead with 1:22 left. State would hit 6-10 free throws down the stretch to hang on for the four-point win.

Rack led all State scorers with 32 points, including 20 in the second half. Lumanu scored a season-high 20 points and added five rebounds.

Despite shooting just 34.4 percent from the field, the Lady Bulldogs forced the Lady Techsters into 24 turnovers and scored 21 points off those turnovers.

With the win, State evened the all-time series record with LTU at 5-5, winning their third straight over LTU. The Lady Bulldogs now return home for two games in three days beginning with a matchup with Samford on Monday at 7 p.m. State then takes on Mississippi Valley State on Wednesday at noon at the Humphrey Coliseum.

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