from school reports

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State sophomore Tykeshia Grimes drained consecutive 3-pointers in the waning moments Thursday night, icing a 57-52 win over archrival Mississippi in Starkville.

MSU limited Ole Miss to just 16-percent shooting from the field in the first half en route to the low-scoring win.

After missing its first 10 shots of the game, Mississippi battled back late in the half to take get within one point at 20-19 with just over 2 minutes to play in the period. That would be as close as UM could get, as State went on a 10-1 run. Junior guard Marneshia Richard capped off a strong performance, hitting a shot at the buzzer to give the Lady Bulldogs a 30-20 halftime lead.

Playing with a protective mask due to a broken nose, Richard led the Lady Bulldogs with eight points during the opening period. Junior forward Robin Porter and sophomore guard Alexis Rack each added six points in the first half. The Lady Rebels were led by senior forward Carla Bartee, who scored six points to go along with her 11 rebounds in the opening stanza.

In the second half, Mississippi State saw their 10-point halftime margin shrink to just one as the Lady Rebs outscored the Lady Bulldogs 18-9 to open the period. MSU rebounded a strong defensive effort, holding Mississippi to 26.3 percent shooting in the 57-52 win.

Richard led the way for Mississippi State, scoring 14 points on the night. With four assists on the night, Richard moved into 10th place on the all-time MSU assist list with 271. The Lady Bulldogs also had two other players score in double figures. Porter and sophomore guard Alexis Rack each added 11 points for MSU, while senior forward

Imesia Jackson led the team with seven rebounds.

The win improves MSU Head Coach Sharon Fanning’s record to 22-14 over UM, including 15 wins over the Lady Rebels during her tenure in Starkville.

UM’s leading scorer entering the game, Shawn Goff, was held to six points on the night, as guard Shantell Black led the Lady Rebels with 14 points. Bartee added 15 rebounds to go along with her 12 points for the game.

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