Sam Purcell and the Mississippi State women’s basketball team struggled against the Miami Hurricanes in the Hump Wednesday evening.
Things didn’t work out for the Mississippi State women’s basketball team Wednesday evening. The visiting Miami Hurricanes handed Sam Purcell’s Bulldogs a loss at the Hump and now MSU is no longer unbeaten on the season.
The Bulldogs came out hot from the start, jumping out to a 20-18 lead after the first quarter, but the Hurricanes showed signs early that they could be a problem. Miami managed to shoot 42 percent from the field in the first quarter while Bulldogs struggled at just 37.5 percent.
While Miami’s shooting percentage got even better in the second quarter (46.7 percent), MSU was able to build upon its slight lead as the Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field. State clawed its way out to a 37-34 halftime lead over the Hurricanes.
Unfortunately, the second half didn’t go as well for the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State women’s basketball struggled in second half against Miami Hurricanes
Miami managed to outscore the Bulldogs in the third quarter and was sharp in shooting the entire time. The Hurricanes happened to go hit 54.6 percent of their field goal attempts in the third quarter while also draining 50 percent of their three point attempts.
It was just a rough quarter for MSU’s defense and the Hurricanes were really able to wear the Bulldogs down in the process.
Heading into the fourth quarter, with the score tied up at 50 to 50, Miami managed to take advantage of a deeper bench and pulled way to get a win over the Bulldogs in the Hump.
Lauren Park-Lane led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Mississippi State also managed to get double-digit scoring efforts from Debreasha Powe (12 points) and Darrione Rogers (11 points) but shot just 41% as a team.
And of course, the differnetial in rebounds (49 to 23) proved to be way too much for MSU to be able to overcome.
Purcell’s Mississippi State basketball team will return to action on Sunday as the MSU Bulldogs head on op to Chattanooga to take on the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga Moccasins women’s basketball team.
The Bulldogs and Moccasins will meet up at 1 p.m.