No. 2 Mississippi State picked up right where they left off, as they wasted no time in Gainesville. The Bulldogs are now 25-0, running through the SEC with ease. Treating every game as if it were the last, Mississippi State jumped out of the gate and never looked back throughout a 98-50 blowout.
Though everyone had their shine at O’Connell Center, it was Roshunda Johnson’s night, as she led all scorers with 22 points. Her back-to-back ignited the Bulldogs, whose offense was in its own stratosphere. Johnson went 4-7 from beyond the arc, as each triple fell with ease.
The senior guard and Oklahoma State transfer was anything but afraid to pull the trigger tonight. Her confidence has skyrocketed, as she has become the perfect compliment to fellow three-point sniper Blair Schaefer. Johnson rounded out her career night with six rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Victoria Vivians was an offensive force, as the queen filled the stat line with 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists. In what may have been one of Vivians’ best defensive outings, her team-leading four steals gave Florida fits all game. She continued to prove herself as a scorer, likely to be decorated with multiple awards sooner rather than later.
Teaira McCowan posted another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, along with two blocks and a steal. Morgan William added 15 points, draining all three of her three-point attempts, a positive sign going forward. When able to combine an offensive performance as such with her defensive tenacity, William is arguably one of the game’s best two way guards.
Highlighted by Jazzmun Holmes and Jordan Danberry’s combined 17 points, the second unit was formidable as always. Danberry added four rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Nyah Tate, Jonika Garvin, Zion Campbell, and Bre’Amber Scott made the most of their minutes, having combined for 11 points as well.
Mississippi State is a complete team, and tonight was just another sign of things to come. Everybody knows their role and the Bulldogs are becoming ever more dangerous. Head coach Vic Schaefer does not settle, and this year’s squad is well aware of their ultimate goal.