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MSU has tough time offensively in loss to LSU

February 17, 2013

The Mississippi State Bulldogs found the going tough offensively against the LSU Lady Tigers Sunday afternoon, especially in the second half.

With only 16 points to show in the second 20 minutes of play, the Bulldogs didn't produce nearly enough to secure a Southeastern Conference victory and dropped a 63-41 decision to the Lady Tigers at Humphrey Coliseum.

MSU's run of consecutive Sunday victories was stopped at three as its records slipped to 11-14 overall and 3-9 in the SEC.

As a team, the Bulldogs shot 25 percent (15-of-61) from the field for the game.

"We're going to miss shots every day and twice on Sunday, unfortunately we play on Sunday in the SEC," MSU women's coach Vic Schaefer said. "It's just going to happen."

The Bulldogs only made 6-of-32 field goals in the second half for 19 percent and missed all nine of their 3-point field goal attempts in the second half. They didn't shoot much better in the first half, hitting 9-of-29 for 31 percent.

After MSU had a 12-10 lead with 15:36 remaining in the first half on a 3-point field goal by Kendra Grant, LSU went on a 6-0 run to take a 16-12 advantage.

The Lady Tigers held a 28-25 lead at halftime and never trailed in the second half. LSU outscored MSU 35-16 in the second half.

"At 28-25, I thought the score was where it needed to be," Schaefer said. "It was a tale of two halves. I was awfully proud of our competitive nature and execution in the first half.

"The second half got away from us. We weren't ready to come out of the gate. They did a good job in the second half of shooting 52 percent and we lost (Theresa Plaisance) a couple of times when we shouldn't have."

The top two scorers for the Bulldogs, Grant and Martha Alwal, were held without points in the second half.
Alwal did not score at all and only played 19 minutes, while Grant had seven points all in the first half. Grant fouled out with 9:32 remaining in the game.

"I was proud of our defensive effort," LSU coach Nikki Caldwell said. "It started there.

"We've just started to play (defense) that way. I was very complimentary with our group for the type of commitment they've shown on the defensive end."

Carnecia Williams was the only MSU player to score in double digits with 13 points.

"I was really proud of Sherise (Williams) and Carnecia and the minutes they played," Schaefer said.

Freshman Danielle Ballard led 19 points for LSU, which improved 15-10 overall and 6-6 in the SEC.

"(You've) got to give LSU credit," Schaefer said. "They are playing with an NCAA bid on their mind and it was a chance to win back-to-back games on the road. They did a good job."

Mississippi State completes a two-game homestand Thursday when it hosts Alabama.

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