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No. 4 Bulldogs suffer first loss vs. No. 7 Ducks

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Mississippi State Athletics
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EUGENE, Ore. -- No. 4 Mississippi State saw its 46-game nonconference win streak in regular-season play snapped with an 82-74 loss at No. 7 Oregon Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

In heavy foul trouble for most of the second half, MSU could not protect a one-point halftime lead. The Ducks scored 15 of their 25 fourth-quarter points from the free throw line.

For MSU (10-1), Anriel Howard led the way with a career-high 30 points. Chloe Bibby and Jazzmun Holmes each had 12 points, while Jordan Danberry scored 11 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Teaira McCowan had 11 rebounds but was held to a season-low five points with only five attempts from the field.

"A great environment for women's basketball. Hats off to Oregon for getting in there and creating that type of environment, but that is part of the toughness piece. I pride myself on having tough, aggressive, physical basketball teams," Coach Vic Schaefer said. "That is something we have hung our hat on at Mississippi State. Tonight we didn't have it."

The lead switched hands 12 times in the first quarter with neither team leading by more than two points. The Ducks ran the lead to five early in the second quarter, but a Bibby 3-pointer allowed the Bulldogs to regain the lead 27-26 midway through the period. Oregon would respond by twice building six-points leads, but MSU answered with seven straight points to take a 40-39 lead at the break.

The Bulldogs opened the second half with five straight points. A 3-point play by Howard later pushed the lead to 51-44 with 6:11 left in the third quarter, State's largest of the night.

The Bulldogs were held to four points for the remainder of the period as the Ducks surged ahead 57-55. Oregon would quickly build the lead to nine at 66-57 with 7:00 remaining. The Bulldogs got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

State was whistled for a season-high 20 fouls while being held a season-low 25 rebounds. MSU lost the rebounding battle for just the second time this year.

Oregon (9-1) received 29 points from Sabrina Ionescu, 20 points from Maite Carzola and 14 points from Ruthy Hebard.

MSU now heads north to Seattle for a 9 p.m. CT matchup Thursday at Washington.