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Women’s basketball roundup: Mississippi State rallies to a victory

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Anriel Howard scored 29 points, Teaira McCowan added 24 points and 18 rebounds, and No. 6 Mississippi State rallied to beat No. 18 Marquette, 87-82, on Thursday night.

Mississippi State (9-0) extended its regular-season nonconference winning streak to 45 games, but this was easily one of the toughest games during that stretch. The game was tight throughout the second half and the Bulldogs needed a late defensive stand to earn the win.

Howard shot 13 of 18 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds, while McCowan shot 9 of 12.

Jazzmun Holmes added 13 assists.

Danielle King finished with 27 points for Marquette (6-2), which shot 54 percent from the field. The Golden Eagles had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Chloe Bibby blocked a 3-point attempt by Natisha Hiedeman to seal the win. Hiedeman had 18 points.

No. 19 Kentucky 75, Rhode Island 52

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Maci Morris scored 29 points and made five 3-pointers Thursday night to help No. 19 Kentucky stay undefeated.

The Wildcats (9-0) pulled away with a 29-point third quarter that included a 19-2 run. Kentucky ended the period with a 59-35 lead and led by at least 22 throughout the fourth quarter.

Rhyne Howard added 19 points, seven rebounds and seven steals for Kentucky, while Taylor Murray scored 11. Morris has scored 60 in her last two games, with her season high of 31 coming against Morehead State on Nov. 28.

The Rams (5-3) had 25 less field-goal attempts than Kentucky and committed 30 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Wildcats.

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