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Mississippi State at Southern Miss Women’s Basketball Preview

Vic Schaefer’s latest bunch has not missed a beat, as they look to dominate in Hattiesburg.

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Following their thrilling 87-72 victory over the Golden Eagles of Marquette, Mississippi State is ready to make a dominant statement in Hattiesburg against the Lady Eagles of Southern Miss.

Broadcast Information

The game is at 6:00 pm and can be watched on ESPN+.

Records and Rankings

Mississippi State:

  • Record: 9-0
  • Ranking: 5th AP / 5th Coaches

Southern Miss

  • Record: 6-3
  • Ranking: Unranked

Things to Watch For

  • Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard in the paint

Arguably the game’s best tandem down low, McCowan and Howard have taken over. McCowan, who is averaging a double-double with 19.2 points and 12.4 rounds per game, can do so in her sleep and is afraid of nobody. She has become one of the team’s primary faces and leaders, as McCowan is on pace for yet another historic season. Look for her to set the tone early make the Eagles earn every basket the hard way.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Final Four Championship Game-Notre Dame vs Mississippi State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Howard, McCowan’s perfect compliment brings an added element of experience and versatility to the paint. Averaging a near double double with 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, Howard has proven to be the perfect fit in coach Schaefer’s defense first system. Expect Howard to make her presence felt and shine defensively.

  • Jodan Danberry defensively

Danberry has been a defensive star since last year’s thrillers against Louisville and Notre Dame. Her quick hands have resulted in 13 steals on the year in conjunction with 11.2 points per game. Danberry has become fearless and unfazed by the bright lights. Her name has become one to be feared, as Danberry is sure to continue her dominance.

Prediction

This year’s squad is one to take note of, as the Bulldogs will roll with ease in an in-state battle. There is simply just too much depth and talent at all positions on both sides of the ball. Whether it be in the paint or along the parameter, Mississippi State is simply loaded. Look for the Bulldogs to win by at least 10.