FAYETTEVILLE, AR (AP) - Jordan Danberry scored a career-high 26 points and No. 7 Mississippi State opened Southeastern Conference play with a 93-69 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.
Danberry, from Conway, Arkansas, transferred from the Razorbacks to the Bulldogs (13-1, 1-0 SEC) as a sophomore. The senior guard scored 14 of her points in the first quarter and finished 11 of 21 from the field, topping her previous scoring mark of 20 points, against Washington last month.
Teaira McCowan added 16 points and 22 rebounds for Mississippi State. The preseason SEC Player of the Year was 7 of 11 from the field and played only 25 minutes, leading the Bulldogs to a 57-31 rebounding advantage.
Jazzmun Holmes added 14 points and Chloe Bibby 11 in the win.
Chelsea Dungee led Arkansas (11-4, 0-1) with 25 points and also had four blocks. The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the Razorbacks, who shot just 37.5 percent (27 of 72) in the loss.
Taylah Thomas was 6 of 7 from the field and added 15 points for the Razorbacks, and Alexis Tolefree 11 for Arkansas.
The Bulldogs came just short of extending their school record of six 100-point games this season. Mississippi State entered the game leading the country with an average of 92.6 points per game and had topped the century mark in each of its last two games, including a 104-36 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday. With Danberry leading the way early, the Bulldogs hit 14 of their first 18 shots on Thursday before cooling off and hitting 37 of 75 shots (49.3 percent) in the win.
The Bulldogs host No. 16 Kentucky on Sunday.
Arkansas travels to Mississippi on Sunday.