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LSU loses to unranked Mississippi State, 77-73

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LSU was handed its second-straight loss on Monday, falling to unranked Mississippi State in a 77-73 upset.

It’s the first time the Tigers have lost consecutive games since the 2021-22 season, with LSU also losing to No. 1 South Carolina last Thursday. It’s just the second time under Kim Mulkey that the team has lost back-to-back games.

LSU took a five-point lead into the locker room at halftime, but were unable to stop JerKaila Jordan, who had 15 of her 24 points in the second half.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, LSU is just the second defending national champion in the last 10 years to lose consecutive games. The other team was 2017-18 South Carolina, whose second consecutive loss also game against Mississippi State.

“This game was one that was not surprising. When you play a game on the road after a big game like we had with South Carolina, you watch your team and see how they reacted,” LSU coach Kim Mulkey said. “We had the lead and did some things early, but in the second half we can’t seem to get stops defensively when they matter. You have to get stops at this level, and we don’t seem to be doing it.”

For the Bulldogs, it snaps a 15-game losing streak against AP Top 25 teams and is their first AP Top-10 win since 2018.

“Those are those moments that you dream about as a kid — big situations against top teams,” Darrione Rogers, who had 19 points off the bench, said. “My teammates and coaching staff truly believe in me, and they get mad when I don’t shoot the ball. I live for those moments.”

It’s also the first Top-10 win for head coach Sam Purcell at Mississippi State.

“I’m a man of words, but I’m still speechless,” Purcell said. “This is what I dreamed about. This is the moment that I wanted to come here. I told everyone to give me a chance, but give us a chance together. This place is special.”