16-1 and still undefeated in SEC play, Mississippi State is in a groove. Auburn simply had no answer for Teaira McCowan in the paint. She posted yet another double double which consisted of 22 points and 10 rebounds. McCowan also added three blocks. She has solidified herself as the game’s best big without question.
With McCowan at the top of her game, Mississippi State has proven to be one of the most formidable teams in the country. The question with McCowan this year, however, is consistency. She has been dominant all year, but how long can she be beyond dominant? Moreover, she has picked the right time to really get things going defensively and on the boards.
Chloe Bibby added 11 points and five rebounds. She remains a threat from distance, having gone 3-6 from beyond the arc. Bibby continues to assert herself as one of head coach Vic Schaefer’s most lethal weapons.
Fellow starters Jazzmun Holmes, Jordan Danberry, and Anriel Howard combined for 25 points, having shown that all are reliable scorers when called upon. While Holmes continues to fill the stat line, Danberry is consistently proving herself as a scorer. In addition, Howard has shown that she can not only score, but crash the boards on both ends of the floor.
But perhaps the game’s biggest surprise was Jessika Carter’s 14 points and six rebounds off the bench. While Mississippi State already has arguably the most depth in the nation, Carter showed reliability. Her confidence was on full display. In addition, Carter went 6-6 from the line.
Overall, it was another day at the office for the Bulldogs. This team continues to gel and come together, ultimately ready to make yet another championship run. Expect big things Thursday night, as Mississippi State hosts No. 15 South Carolina in primetime on ESPN at 6:00 PM.