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No. 6 Mississippi State moves to 7-0

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Teaira McCowan's 23 points led five players in double figures as No. 6 Mississippi State earned a 98-63 win against Little Rock Thursday night at the Jack Stephens Center.

The Bulldogs fell just short of reaching extending its streak of 100-point games. MSU had scored 100 or more points in four straight games.

A slow start put the Bulldogs in danger of not having a chance to extend that streak. However, the Bulldogs pulled away for good with a 31-point second quarter and a 32-point third quarter.

MSU improved to 7-0 with its second true road win of the season.

"Proud of how this team responded in the second quarter after a poor first quarter," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "We have a lot of respect for Little Rock. They were exceptional tonight and competed all the way to the end. Proud of our third quarter. Back-to-back quarters with 31 and 32 points shows you are doing something right.

"We had a lot of kids shoot the ball well tonight. Sixty points in the paint is a good number for us. They shot 50 percent in the fourth quarter and that's not a good number for us. We will learn from this and go on."

Tearia McCowan had her fifth double-double of the season secured by halftime. McCowan finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Anriel Howard barely missed her own double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Chloe Bibby followed with 15 points, while Little Rock native Bre'Amber Scott had 13 points and Conway, Arkansas, product Jordan Danberry chipped in 10 points.

Little Rock scored the final seven points of the first quarter to take a 14-13 lead after one quarter.

After the Trojans scored the first basket of the second quarter, the Bulldogs took the lead back on a layup by Scott at 17-16 with 8:09 left in the first half.

McCowan capped a 10-0 run with a layup for the Bulldogs, giving the team a 27-18 lead with 5:53 left in the half. Danberry later capped a 7-0 run for a 36-23 lead with 2:30 left in the half.

Danberry later scored as the half expired, giving the Bulldogs a 44-30 lead at halftime.

An 18-2 run covered a five-minute stretch in the third quarter. Howard scored back-to-back baskets to cap that run and push the lead to 69-38 with 3:48 left in the quarter.

The Bulldogs would lead by as many as 40 on three occasions in the fourth quarter.

For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 39 of 68 shots from the field (57.4 percent), 5 of 11 shots from 3-point range (45.5 percent) and 15 of 21 shots from the foul line (71.4 percent). The Trojans hit 22 of 57 shots from the field (38.6 percent), 4 of 8 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent) and 15 of 24 shots from the foul line (62.5 percent).

MSU held a 50-22 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 21 assists and 14 turnovers, while the Trojans had 10 assists and 13 turnovers. Little Rock (2-4) received 21 points from Kyra Collier, 14 points from Antwainette Walker and 11 points from Yanina Inkina.

MSU will travel to Texas for the SEC/Big12 Challenge Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs and Longhorns meet in a Top 10 battle at 1 p.m. CT from Austin, Texas.