Unique Thompson led Auburn with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Daisa Alexander scored 21 and made all 12 foul shots. Robyn Benton scored 14 and Lauren Hansen 13.
The Bulldogs had rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit against Auburn on Jan. 30 to win 78-73 and topped it this time. They made their last seven shots of the third quarter to start the comeback.
Alexander tied the game 79-all on a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left in regulation and neither team scored after that. Andra Espinoza missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer after Mississippi State forced a 10-second violation.
In the end, the Bulldogs avoided a second straight loss.
“We just lost to Kentucky,” Carter said of the team’s mentality after falling behind. “We can’t lose two in a row so just knowing we had to find a way to win.”
Mississippi State shot 36 of 65 (55.4%) and outrebounded Auburn 38-26. Has won seven of its last eight games.
Auburn had a stretch of nearly eight minutes without a field goal stretching well into overtime. Alexander and Thompson combined for 24 of the Tigers first 28 points.
FREE THROWS Both teams shot well from the free throw line. Mississippi State made 17 of 22 foul shots (77.3%). Auburn was even better, hitting 28 of 31 (90.3%).
Mississippi St. hosts Alabama on Sunday afternoon.