STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State’s Diamber Johnson sank eight free throws in the final 1:02 of regulation, as the Lady Bulldogs turned back North Texas 66-60 in a women’s basketball game played Saturday afternoon in the Humphrey Coliseum.
The Lady Bulldogs (4-2) actually trailed 47-45 before a 10-4 run allowed the hosts to take control of the game for good.
“I was pleased with the overall team effort,” MSU head coach Sharon Fanning-Otis said. “We still have a lot of growing up to do. This may be the most athletic team that we’ve played. Their record is not good, but they have been on the road almost the entire season.”
The contest was close throughout. There were eight tied scores and seven lead changes.
The Mean Green scored the game’s first three points and built a 12-4 advantage on a Brittney Hudson layup with 13:52 left before halftime.
Trailing 15-9, the Lady Bulldogs reeled off 10 straight points to open a 19-15 advantage. Defensively, MSU held North Texas to only two field goals over a six-minute stretch. A Diamber Johnson jumper placed the Lady Bulldogs on top, 26-19 with 1:44 left before halftime.
North Texas (1-7) scored the half’s final five points and trailed 26-24 at the break.
In the final half, the lead switched hands multiple times. A 3-pointer by North Texas’ Brittney Hudson placed the Mean Green on top, 41-36 with 13:02 remaining. The Lady Bulldogs then grabbed the lead at 43-41 on a Brown jumper with 10:23 left.
A Brown layup gave the hosts the lead for good, at 49-47 with 6:38 left in regulation.
“(Ashley) Brown had 15 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end,” Fanning-Otis said. “(Ashley) Newsome had seven rebounds. As a team, we had 51 rebounds. Even when we didn’t get the rebound, our players did a great job of tipping the ball out and keeping the play alive.”
For the contest, the Lady Bulldogs hit 26 of 68 shots from the field (38.2 percent), 3 of 9 shots from 3-point range (33.3 percent) and 11 of 18 shots from the foul line (61.1 percent). The Mean Green hit 23 of 66 shots from the field (34.8 percent), 5 of 18 shots from 3-point range (27.8 percent) and 9 of 18 shots from the foul line (50.0 percent).
MSU held a 51-42 rebounding advantage. The Lady Bulldogs had 11 assists and 16 turnovers, while the Mean Green had eight assists and 14 turnovers.
Brown recorded her second double-double with season-highs
in points (17) and rebounds (15). Diamber Johnson added 14 points.
Hudson paced North Texas with a game-high 18 points. Also in double figures were Kasondra Foreman with 17 points and Jasmine Godbolt with 10 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs host Utah at 4 p.m. Saturday.