Ray's career-high 27 points lift Rutgers past MSU women

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Brittany Ray scored a career-high 27 points to help Rutgers upset No. 19 Mississippi State 62-54 on Friday night in the Paradise Jam.

Rutgers trailed 7-4 early before going on a 15-2 run. April Sykes had seven of her 12 points during the spurt. Ray started off the burst with back-to-back jumpers. Mississippi State would close to 23-19, but Ray scored five points in the final 1:17 of the half to restore the lead to 10 at the break.

The Lady Bulldogs would only get within seven in the second half.

Alexis Rack scored 17 points and Armelie Lumanu added 12 to lead Mississippi State (4-2), which lost to Texas in its opening game Thursday. Rutgers will take on the Longhorns on Saturday while Mississippi State will play Southern Cal.

Rutgers (4-2) held Mississippi State to just 29 percent shooting (20 for 69).

The Associated Press