MSU Use 2nd Half Rally To Defeat Alabama.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Mississippi State freshman Kendra Grant buried a three-pointer with 1:18 left to rally the Lady Bulldogs to a 66-61 win against Alabama Thursday night at Foster Auditorium in Tuscaloosa.

Grant scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half of the contest, and her winning shot was setup by her hustle on the boards. She corralled a Diamber Johnson miss, and moments later, Johnson found her on the wing for the go-ahead basket.

Johnson led all scorers in the game with 22 points. She also dished out five assists as MSU improved to 11-5 overall, 1-2 in SEC play.

Porsha Porter made it a two possession game as she closed the contest with a pair of free throws. The Chicago native scored 16 points on the night, pushing her past the 500-point mark for her career.

Alabama led 41-34 at halftime thanks to five three pointers and 12-of-15 from the free-throw line. State's defense stiffened over the final 20 minutes, though, holding Alabama off the charity stripe and scoreless from beyond the arc.

Catina Bett joined her three teammates in double figures with 11 points.

Alabama (10-8, 0-4 SEC) was paced by 15 points from Celiscia Farmer and 11 points each from Jasmine Robinson and Kyra Crosby.

The Lady Bulldogs return home Sunday, hosting No. 16 Georgia for Alumni Day. Tip at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 2 p.m.

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