Mississippi State basketball gets thrilling win thanks to Lauren Park-Lane's record showing vs. Colorado State

A strong road performance against the Rams gave Sam Purcell's Mississipi State basketball team a really solid win over Colorado State.
Mississippi State Coach Sam Purcell during the first quarter of the SEC Women's Basketball
Mississippi State Coach Sam Purcell during the first quarter of the SEC Women's Basketball / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

Sam Purcell’s Mississippi State basketball team just got a really solid road win thanks to some really incredible performances. Lauren Park-Lane successfully etched her name in the Mississippi State Bulldogs record books thanks to her stellar (and nearly unstoppable) shooting performance against Colorado State on Wednesday night. 

And thus, a thrilling 82-75 win over the Rams on their own court.

It wasn’t just a single-game program record that Park-Lane ended up setting. It was a school record. Nobody in Mississippi State basketball history, in either men’s or women’s basketball, had thrived behind the three point arc the way that Park-Lane did. She set a new single-game record with her 10 made three-pointers, breaking the previous mark of eight. That set her up to finish with a game-high 33 points (while shooting 11 for 25). Oh, and she dished out a half dozen assists as well.

Mississippi State basketball: Lauren Park-Lane sets record, leads Bulldogs to win vs. Colorado State

The game was a bit of a bookend with regards to scoring for the Bulldogs. Mississippi State got off to a hot start, but things cooled off in the second quarter. MSU, now 12-2 on the season, trailed 38-37 at halftime.

But a 26-11 scoring surge in the fourth quarter helped Mississippi State get its fourth consecutive win.

If you couldn’t tell, Colorado State didn’t go quietly in this one. The now 9-2 Rams really tested the Mississippi State Bulldogs in this contest. In the third quarter, the Rams really pushed on the Bulldogs and MSU trailed 64-56 heading into the final quarter of the game.

Still, MSU demonstrated how determined the bulldogs can be. State was able to surge and shot 60 percent from the field in the fourth and final frame. Colorado State, meanwhile, was hindered by MSU’s defense and the Bulldogs held the Rams to a 26.7 percent shooting percentage in the quarter. That set the Bulldogs up to get out of Moby Arena and Fort Collins with the win.

The strong showing from MSU now gives the Bulldogs a 12-2 record. State will get set to play Mississippi Valley State back in Starkville on December 29.