By Blake Long/Special to the Chickasaw Journal
NASHVILLE – Mississippi State started slow and never caught up as the Lady Bulldogs dropped a 65-44 decision to Vanderbilt on Thursday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
MSU saw a modest three-game win streak in the series snapped, while dropping its conference opener. The Lady Bulldogs are now 8-5 overall and 0-1 in league play, while the Lady Commodores are now 10-5 and 1-1.
The Lady Bulldogs actually held a 4-3 lead before the Lady Commodores reeled off a 16-0 run. MSU went 7:29 during the run without scoring a point. A Danielle Rector 3-point basket ended the draught but the damage had been done.
Vanderbilt parlayed the momentum from its fast start for a 31-16 halftime advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs did a get a spark from sophomore reserve Darriel Gaynor. Gaynor had previously appeared in four games and had not scored on the season. Thursday night, the transfer from Oregon by way of Trinity Valley Community College scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 15 minutes of action.
Porsha Porter added eights points to the Lady Bulldogs’ cause. Ashley Brown had a team-high nine rebounds for MSU.
The Lady Bulldogs host No. 25 Arkansas at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The MSU-Arkansas contest will be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net South.