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Mississippi State vs Georgia Women’s Basketball Preview

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The Bulldogs are 8-0 at home, as Humphrey Coliseum has become one of the nation’s most intimidating environments.

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Fresh off an impressive 86-71 victory over Kentucky, Mississippi State welcomes Georgia to the Hump.

Broadcast Information

The game is at 8:00 PM an can be watched on the SEC Network.

Records and Rankings

Mississippi State:

  • Record: 14-1 overall, 2-0 SEC
  • Rankings: 7 AP/ 6 Coaches

Georgia:

  • Record: 11-4 overall, 2-0 SEC
  • Rankings: None

What to Watch For

Anriel Howard setting the tone

Now regarded as one of the game’s most lethal scoring threats, Howard should have herself a day. She averages 15.9 points per game, and can create her own shot with ease. Head coach Vic Schaefer has relied on Howard as, she has now taken the reigns. Expect her to put on a clinic and call her own number late.

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Though in a losing effort, Howard’s 30 point outing at Oregon should say enough as it pertains to her scoring ability. Howard’s game resembles that of former Bulldog superstar Victoria Vivians, now a pro guard for the Indiana Fever. Like Vivians, Howard can get it done at both ends of the floor and is not afraid of the moment. Look for Howard to fill the stat line and build on her 21 point outing against Kentucky.

Chloe Bibby’s improvement

In what was arguably her best performance of the season, Bibby’s 18 points and seven rebounds over the Cats gave fans a sign of things to come, as she is sure to take advantage tonight. Bibby is a force down low and the perfect compliment to Howard as well as center Teaira McCowan who has struggled a bit recently. Given Bibby’s rise, expect her to use the home crowd to her advantage and post a double double.

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While last year’s team was dominant down low, Bibby gives Schaefer a third piece to work with in the paint. She has earned the trust of her teammates and will continue to crash the boards going forward. Though Bibby must stay consistent throughout, as she has to get use her role in the starting rotation.

Jordan Danberry on the offensive end

If there is one thing the maroon and white faithful did not expect this season, it’s Jordan Danberry as an offensive threat. The senior guard has been on fire. Following a 26 point clinic against Arkansas and 17 against Kentucky, Danberry has now become a reliable weapon on both ends of the floor.

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Look for her to score and create turnovers. Danberry has emerged into a trusted leader and has significantly elevated her game. It is safe to say that Danberry should have at least 15 points and two steals.

Prediction

Mississippi State should win comfortably, 88-64.