Though the Bulldogs had some of their best moments, superstar Rhyne Howard and the Wildcats ultimately prevailed.
While Howard was relatively quiet to start things off, she showed up when it mattered most and went on a scoring tear in the fourth-quarter and overtime. She posted a double-double that included a game-high 33 points along with 10 boards and six assists.
As for Mississippi State, Rickea Jackson and Aliyah Matharu put on a show and shot the lights out for the majority of the contest. Jackson recorded a team-high 23 points and Mathuru added 19 off the bench.
Jessika Carter got going late but managed to post a double-double of her own with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Carter will have to be a factor earlier for the Bulldogs to protect leads. They left the door open late and Howard simply took advantage.
On a positive note, the Bulldogs continue to show signs of improvement. They clearly have the ability to regroup and the requisite pieces to make a run. Look for coach Nikki McCray-Penson to make some minor adjustments and have the Bulldogs positioned to protect early leads going forward.