Tennessee suffered its first-ever loss to the Bulldogs on January 28, 2016, when #13/13 MSU came from 12-down in the fourth quarter to force OT and defeat the #19/23 Lady Vols in Starkville, 65-63.
"I think we handled it well", Schaefer said Friday night of his team's bye Thursday. "They were special", Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. SC fell to 6-3 with their loss to the Cats on Tuesday evening, and there are six SEC teams clustered in the middle with either 4 or 5 wins over the first 9 games.
The Wildcats hit the road in this one for a matchup with a Mississippi State team that has struggled to find momentum, alternating wins and losses for the past six games. The Bulldogs followed with the final six points of the quarter for a 61-49 lead.
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. "Man, did they push".
Mississippi State (16-7, 4-6) led 17-15 midway through the first half, but Herro nailed a contested 3-pointer to give Kentucky the lead.
"(Jordan Danberry) was as good as she has been in any game she has played here.
Mississippi State (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-34 at halftime. "They're great every year and they have a bunch of guys on that team that'll be National Basketball Association players someday, so it's a great and exciting challenge for our team". "I tried my best but she had the hot hand".
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She appeared so fast, I had to ask her if she ever ran track.
The Tennessee Lady Vols scrapped to within three in the third quarter but couldn't overcome a No. 6 Mississippi State team that shot an impressive 52.2 percent on the day. I'm going to take MS State to eke into a cover.
Center Kasiyahna Kushkituah scored in double figures in four of her first five games this season before a knee injury forced her to miss three games and limited her mobility in the next 11 outings. (Anriel) Howard is an unbelievable rebounder, great experience. EJ Montgomery doubled up for the Wildcats in that one with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Reid Travis added 11 points with nine boards.
But Mississippi State came up empty on its final possession when Quinndary Weatherspoon lost possession and Kentucky's Johnson came up with the loose ball. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick believes the Bulldogs are as unsafe a team as there is in women's basketball. Ball movement was terrible all the way around, and it was the biggest killer in the game. "You can't make a lot of mistakes against them, as you see". They're tough. They grind it out and they are competitors....
Tennessee: The Lady Vols were on a roll coming into Starkville, winning three straight after starting SEC play with a 1-5 record. Eight of those came in the fourth quarter.
The time to exhale has ended for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. The Bulldogs are averaging 88 points per game, which ranks second nationally.
Tennessee also is coming off a bye Thursday. But that loss to Tennessee still ate at Schaefer and the Mississippi State upper-class players who experienced it.
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