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No. 9 Mississippi State prevails in overtime thriller, beats Auburn 92-85

Having overcome a 14 point deficit, the most they’ve been down this year, the Bulldogs escaped Auburn Arena with a win in their backpocket. MSU Athletics

Led by Rickea Jackson’s career high 34 point performance, the Bulldogs came alive in the second half en route to their 23rd win of the season.

Mississippi State had no answer for star junior forward Unique Thompson who posted her 40th career Double double, tying Auburn’s school record. Thompson was a factor on the boards from the get go, as nine of her 11 came on the defensive end. Thompson added a pair of steals and a block. Additionally, Daisa Alexander filled the stat line with 21 points, six assists, and a game high five steals.

As Jordan Danberry sparked the Bulldogs second half rally, she was able to create opportunities for teammates and set the game’s second half tone on both ends of the floor. That said, Danberry would eventually foul out. In addition to Danberry, Xaria Wiggins would hit two threes to ignite the Mississippi State late.

Although point guard Myah Taylor struggled throughout, she recorded seven points, six assists, and three crucial steals. Taylor would also foul out, as the Bulldogs would be without their starting point guard in overtime. Having said that, both Jackson and Jessika Carter would be too much for the Tigers down low. Carter posted a Double double of her own that included 17 points, ten boards, and three steals. JaMya Mingo-Young was a factor off the bench with 10 points and five boards.

Overall, the Bulldogs showed areas of both strength and need for improvement. Though tonight’s victory was by no means pretty, a win is a win, as Mississippi State improves to 23-4.

Hail State!