No. 13 Mississippi State women edge No. 19 Tennessee in OT

BY foxsports • January 29, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) No. 13 Mississippi State overcame a 12-point third-quarter deficit to knock off No. 19 Tennessee for the first time in school history 65-63 in overtime Thursday night.

Dominique Dillingham and Victoria Vivians scored 14 points each for the Bulldogs (18-4, 5-3), who overcame just 3-for-16 shooting from 3-point range.

Tennessee (12-8, 3-4 SEC) had double digits from three players with Jordan Reynolds leading the way with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The two teams were even at halftime following a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jordan Reynolds to quell momentum that MSU built with a 7-1 run to end the second quarter.

A dominating third quarter that saw UT outscore the Bulldogs 22-10 wasn't enough. MSU returned the favor with a 15-3 fourth quarter to even things up at 58-58 and send the game to the extra period.

Morgan William's tear drop runner in the lane gave MSU a 65-62 lead with one minute remaining in overtime and the Bulldogs' defense did the job the rest of the overtime period to clinch the win.

MSU's offensive rebounds were the difference, especially in overtime after a Chinwe Okorie putback helped the Bulldogs take their final lead. MSU had 20 offensive rebounds in the game with 19 second-chance points.

The Vols had double digit rebounds from both Reynolds and Mercedes Russell but still managed to lose the battle of the boards at 46-42. MSU forced UT into 14 turnovers while having a season-low five of their own.

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TIP-INS

UT: It was the fourth-straight road loss for the Lady Vols who lost their eighth game of the season and are in danger of falling out of the top 25.

MSU: The Bulldogs were 0-36 against the Lady Vols prior to Thursday night's contest. They became the last team in the SEC to earn a win over Tennessee all-time.

UP NEXT

Tennessee is home against Alabama on Sunday.

Mississippi State is at Arkansas on Sunday.


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