STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Danberry added 20 points and No. 6 Mississippi State pulled away late to beat Tennessee 91-63 on Sunday.
The Bulldogs outscored Tennessee by 16 in the fourth quarter to blow open a fairly tight game. Mississippi State won its fifth game in six tries against the Lady Volunteers after failing to beat them the first 36 times.
Tennessee was still in the game early in the second half, pulling within three points with 6:09 left in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs rallied to take a 61-49 lead into the fourth.
A 13-0 spurt in the first three minutes of the final quarter sealed the victory. The Bulldogs scored 30 points in the final 10 minutes.
Mississippi State (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-34 at halftime.
Rennia Davis had 29 points on 13-of-22 shooting and scored 18 of those points in the first half. Zaay Green had 13 for the Lady Vols (15-8, 4-6), who were without leading scorer Evina Westbrook because of a violation of team rules.
Mississippi State's Anriel Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bre'Amber Scott scored 13 points off the bench while Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 11.
Tennessee: The Lady Vols were on a roll coming into Starkville, winning three straight after starting SEC play with a 1-5 record. Their improvement was evident until the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter.
Mississippi State: Any thoughts that the Bulldogs' offense was sputtering were put to rest on Sunday. Mississippi State scored over 80 points for the first time in two weeks. The Bulldogs are averaging 88 points per game, which ranks second nationally.
Tennessee hosts Auburn on Thursday.
Mississippi State hosts Missouri on Thursday.