LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- Chloe Bibby hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, Rickea Jackson had a double-double and No. 15 Mississippi State opened the Duel in the Desert with an 86-61 win over South Florida.
Jackson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who took control with a 17-2 run in the first quarter for a 19-4 lead.
Bibb had all five of her 3s in the first quarter, which ended with the Bulldogs on top 29-15.
Mississippi State faces the winner of Virginia and host UNLV in the championship on Saturday. Maria Alverez scored 12 points to lead the Bulls.
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