Teaira McCowan had 31 points and 20 rebounds to help No. 5 Mississippi State stay unbeaten with an 83-70 victory against LSU on Sunday.
McCowan scored Mississippi State’s first nine points after halftime to extend a nine-point lead to 15 after being held to eight in the first half on 3-for-10 shooting. LSU got no closer than 10 points the rest of the game. It’s the second time this season McCowan has had at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
Morgan William scored 13 points and Chloe Bibby had 10 for Mississippi State (17-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), whose bench outscored LSU’s 16-2.
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“That was one heck of a basketball game,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “LSU played really well. We were down 17-10 and I like how we responded coming out of a timeout. We got two 3-pointers and led at the end of the quarter. Our execution at the end of the half was outstanding. LSU would not go away in the second half. I was proud at how hard we fought and kept competing. We closed it out well.”
MSU’s Victoria Vivians only played 18 minutes due to heavy foul trouble and finished with four points – her first game not in double figures this season. Johnson had five assists, while William had four assists.
Chloe Jackson led LSU (10-4, 2-1) with 25 points and Raigyne Louis had 20 despite being limited by foul trouble. Ayana Mitchell added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Tigers, who saw their eight-game winning streak snapped. They had a scoring drought of 6 minutes, 43 second spanning the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.
The teams traded the lead 12 times in the first half, but Mississippi State took control by scoring the last 12 points for a 44-35 edge. William had 11 points, hitting all four of her shots, and Blair Schaefer capped the spurt with three free throws after being fouled on a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt. Mississippi State made up for its lack of an inside game by shooting 5 of 7 from behind the arc in the first half, led by William, who made all three of her attempts.
LSU kept pace because of Jackson’s shooting. She scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting, mostly short-range jump shots. Louis, LSU’s leading scorer at 16.3 points per game, picked up two early fouls and sat out most of the second quarter. She picked up her third foul late in the half and opened the second half on the bench.
Ole Miss 78, Florida 75: Ole Miss (11-5, 1-2 SEC) needed double overtime to hold off the Gators (8-8, 0-3). Promise Taylor led Ole Miss with 16 points and eight rebounds. Alissa Alston added 14 points and seven rebounds. Torri Lewis finished with 12.
Florida missed a potential game-tying three-point shot in the closing seconds that would’ve forced a third overtime. Haley Lorenzen led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Funda Nakkasoglu had 18 points. Dyandria Anderson and Paulina Hersler each had 12.
Western Kentucky 81, Southern Miss 60: The Hilltoppers (11-4, 2-0) outlasted the Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-2) at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. Megan Brown and King led the offensive charge for the Lady Eagles, both tallying 16 points. This is the third game that Megan Brown has tallied at least 16 points and the eighth contest for King.
Southern Miss hosts Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. Thursday in Reed-Green Coliseum.