In another sellout at the Hump, as No. 2 Mississippi State gave their fans all the reason to smile, taking down the Kentucky Wildcats 74-55. The Bulldogs put on a show at home, led by Victoria Vivians, Teaira McCowan, and Roshunda Johnson. With no signs of letting up, head coach Vic Schaefer made sure the toughness was there throughout.
McCowan returned to form, posting a double-double with 21 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Her impact on the game is like no other, as the Wildcats had no answer in the paint. She had been relatively quiet on offense as of late, but made a compelling statement to those in and around the game.
Vivians had a solid outing, as her 23 points, seven rebounds, and two assists were no surprise. She is by far and away the game’s most lethal scoring threat, putting defenses on their heels time and time again. Vivians’ ability to create her own shot is unrivaled and an element only so many players possess.
Picking up right where she left off, Johnson poured in 17 points. She went 5-8 from three, proving to be a reliable shooter from beyond the arc. Johnson’s all-around game has made her a viable option for the Bulldogs in multiple scenarios. That said, only time will tell if she can close in the final minutes.
Blair Schaefer and Morgan William added six points a piece, as Schaefer has been cold recently. Though William had eight assists, four personal fouls limited her game. Like William, Schaefer will reemerge sooner rather than later. In addition, Mississippi State’s roster is chock-full of star power, as anyone and everyone is willing to step up when called upon.
The Bulldogs are now 26-0 and another step closer to an SEC title. This year’s team has a look in its eye and chip on its shoulder, continuing to exceed expectations. Mississippi State looks to remain perfect, as they go up against Vanderbilt in Nashville on Thursday.