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Park-Lane breaks assist record as Mississippi State advances in WBIT

Lauren Park-Lane during Mississippi State's big win over Georgia Tech on Thursday (Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics)

The Mississippi State women’s basketball team is moving on in the postseason after easily defeating Georgia Tech 84-47 in the opening round of the WBIT on Thursday.

The Lady Bulldogs were fueled by a balanced scoring attack that included four players in double digits, but the real story of the day was graduate guard Lauren Park-Lane dishing six assists to break the program record for most in a season.

“For Lauren to break the single-season assist record is a phenomenal accomplishment because she is a great young lady who deserves to leave here with her name in the record books,” head coach Sam Purcell said after the game.

Park-Lane surpassed the previous mark of 202 assists set by Jazzmum Holmes during the 2018-19 season. The Seton Hall transfer is currently averaging 6.2 assists per game, which is ninth in all of women’s college basketball.

As Georgia Tech never threatened to come back after the Bulldogs worked off an 11-0 run to start the game and kept building their lead from there, the biggest differential on the stat sheet was points off the bench as non-starters scored 41 for Mississippi State in comparison to just six for the Lady Jackets.

Next up for the Lady Bulldogs will be the second round of the WBIT against TCU in Starkville. That game is set for Sunday at 2 p.m. CT and can be watched on ESPN+.

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