AUSTIN, TX (AP) - Jazzmun Holmes scored 17 points, and No. 6 Mississippi State beat No. 10 Texas 67-49 on Sunday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The Bulldogs entered the marquee matchup of powerhouse programs coming off a series of early season routs. The result against Texas turned out to be more of the same: The Bulldogs were in complete control, even if the score wasn't quite so out of hand.
Mississippi State (8-0) ended the first quarter with a 10-0 run and coasted the rest of the way as the Longhorns time and again booted the ball around with 22 turnovers or surrendered offensive rebounds for put-back baskets.
The Bulldogs led by 17 at halftime, stretched it to 24 in the third quarter and were never really threatened. Chloe Bibby made a buzzer-beating layup, then a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 20 to start the fourth quarter. Mississippi State got the lead as high as 27 before a late 10-0 Texas run.
Bulldogs senior Teaira McCowen grabbed 12 rebounds to set the school record with 1,109 for her career. The center broke LaToya Thomas' mark of 1,108.
Sug Sutton scored 16 points for Texas (7-1).
Mississippi State: McCowan could have gobbled up even more rebounds if she wasn't limited by foul trouble and sat for much of the second quarter. Her 6-foot-7 frame dominated Texas inside on both ends of the court.
Texas: The Longhorns need junior forward Joyner Holmes to return quickly. Her size and ball-handling skills are sorely needed against big opponents like McCowan. Holmes has been out with an ankle injury and the Longhorns hope to have her back in time for next Sunday's game against No. 11 Tennessee.
Mississippi State hosts No. 22 Marquette at home on Thursday.
Texas hosts No. 11 Tennessee on Sunday.