Starkville, MS. (WATE) – There was no repeat magic in store for Tennessee Sunday. Not without Evina Westbrook. The Lady Vols couldn’t keep up in a frenzied fourth quarter, falling to No. 6 Mississippi State 91-63 in a game not nearly as lopsided as the final score.
Sunday’s game was Tennessee’s first in Humphrey Coliseum since an unranked Tennessee team knocked off the mighty Mississippi State Bulldogs (then No. 3) two years ago.
In the intervening 24 months, the Bulldogs haven’t lost a regular season conference game. For a long while Sunday, it looked like Tennessee might have what it took to pull off the upset. Rennia Davis scored a season-high 29 points, picking up the scoring slack for an absent Evina Westbrook.
Westbrook was suspended for a violation of team rules after reportedly missing class earlier this week.
After Davis hit a 3 from the corner, Tennessee trailed 51-47 with 4:21 left in the third quarter. From there, the Bulldogs stepped on the gas, outscoring the Lady Vols 40-16 over the final 14 minutes of the game.
Teira McCowan led the charge for the Bulldogs with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Jordan Danberry added 20 points while Anriel Howard finished with 16.
Zaay Green was the only other play in double figures for Tennessee. She scored 13. Meme Jackson was the next closest scorer with 7.
Tennessee returns home to host Auburn on Thursday night. The Lady Vols opened conference play with a 78-69 win there on January 3rd.