Bulldogs rip Vandy women in 'half'

Friday, January 8, 2010 at 2:13am
Staff Reports

Despite a career-high 28 points from Merideth Marsh, and despite having a halftime lead against an unranked opponent, the 17th-ranked Vanderbilt women's basketball took one on the chin Thursday night in Starkville, Miss.

It was Mississippi State that exploded for 53 points in the second half to upset the Commodores, 90-76. Alexis Rack did most of the damaging, dropping in 31 points to lead all scorers.

Mississippi State (11-4, 2-0 in conference) won its ninth straight home game. Vanderbilt, playing it's second SEC contest saw its record drop to 12-3, 1-1 in conference.

The Commodores were comfortable early, shooting 68 percent in the first half to take a 40-37 at halftime. But MSU opened the second half with a 22-7 run, while at one point holding VU scoreless for more than five minutes.

Although shooting just 12 for 34 in the second half, the 'Dores made a late charge — behind Marsh and Jessica Mooney, who finished with 12 points — but MSU would not be denied the upset.

Armelie Lumana added 18 points for the Bulldogs.