Another day, another win, another statement. Though 5th ranked Mississippi State trailed for a hot minute to open the game, a Jazzmun Holmes free throw tied it at three with 8:02 left in the first and it was smooth sailing from there. Speaking of Holmes, she posted 13 points along with six rebounds and four steals, as she has always shined defensively. Furthermore, Holmes has significantly improved from the line, having made nine of ten.
Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard both ruled the paint and combined for 29 of the Bulldogs’ 82 points. McCowan had yet another double double with 13 points and 16 rebounds, nine of which were on offense, ultimately creating second opportunities for sharpshooters. In addition, Howard led all scorers with 16 points.
All five starters were in double figures and continued to prove why they may be the best starting five in the nation. Jordan Danberry, another defensive specialist, like Holmes is posted 12 points and two steals while Chloe Bibby added 11 points. Having accounted for 65 points combined, I think it’s safe to say that the Bulldogs’ starting five are more than formidable.
Off the bench, scoring phenom Myah Taylor showed that she can also be relied on defensively, as she accumulated three steals to go along with her seven points. Jessika Carter, Xaria Wiggins, Bre’Amber Scott, and Andra Espinoza-Hunter all combined for 14 points as well. Having proven yet again that they can be selfless and reliable, look for Mississippi State’s role players to make an even bigger impact as the season goes on.
This game not only showed that coach Vic Schaefer’s latest squad has improved, but it showed that they are confident and even daring. They take risks defensively and turn turnovers into an offensive show. These Bulldogs are for real and have the perfect combination of experience and talent to take things to an even higher level. With seventh ranked Oregon around the corner, expect Schaefer and company to be ready and throw the kitchen sink at the Ducks come Tuesday in primetime.