Bulldogs host unsafe Lady Vols

Bulldogs host unsafe Lady Vols

Three years later, the Bulldogs are making victories over the Lady Volunteers a habit. When the two teams faced off on January 22, Mississippi State was 14-3, ranked inside the top-25, and a darkhorse candidate to win the SEC.

McCowan is now averaging 16.9 points per game with 13.7 rebounds and she has 58 blocked shots to go with it. MSU has always had consistent production from Anriel Howard, who has 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game and Danberry with 13 points a game.

"I'm very proud of my team", MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said.

Schaefer said the bye gave the Bulldogs more time to work on fundamentals and to catch their breath so they can finish strong.

Kentucky is now 9-1 in SEC play and 20-3 overall in the 2018-2019 season.

The final score didn't indicate how tough this win was for the Bulldogs, who saw their lead dwindle to 47-44 midway through the third quarter. Bre'Amber Scott's 3-pointer with five seconds left in the quarter made if 61-49. "I told them going into the fourth quarter we wanted to punch them hard that first five minutes, and, boy, did we ever punch them".

MSU opened the fourth going four of five from the floor while UT went cold, hitting just one of three in the opening two minutes. As a result, their entire offense was about trying to push the ball in transition and hoping they could hit some outside shots. United Kingdom leads 36-12 in games played in Starkville.

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MSU overcame 29.4 percent shooting in the second half to still hold a 40-34 halftime lead. The 10,000-plus were clearly maroon at heart and you should have heard them late in the first quarter when Teaira McCowan, all 6 feet, 7 inches of her, went flying into the scorer's table after a loose ball.

Schaefer said he would have preferred to have flipped the script that has MSU ending the SEC regular with seven consecutive games, including four at home, but he said it is what it is and the Bulldogs will have to go get it. Mississippi State goes down on Saturday afternoon in Starkville, Mississippi, and this bout brings with it an entirely different dynamic than the first.

Anriel Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

PJ Washington scored 23 points, Keldon Johnson added 13 and Tyler Herro had 12, including a crucial 3-pointer with three minutes left.

Tennessee struggled with Mississippi State's combination of size and speed. "My message to my kids is you better be ready and have it in fifth gear from the jump because they will flat smack you in the mouth and make you like it". "They grind it out, they're competitors and I don't see any reason they can't compete for a championship". The Lady Vols came back with six straight to pull within three. Well, they waited until the fourth quarter to do that here. So far this season, the Bulldogs have lost just twice at home this season, to rival MS, but being able to split this two-game homestand with LSU and Kentucky will be vital to the Bulldogs' at-large hopes.

Mississippi State's senior guard Quinndary Weatherspoon is the biggest scoring threat for the Bulldogs, averaging 18 points per game, and will be relied on heavily if Mississippi State has any chance of pulling the upset.

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