Perhaps we got a look at a new senior dynamic do, as guard Jordan Danberry and center Teaira McCowan had their best game of the season under the circumstances. Throughout a back and forth primetime fight in Starkville, Mississippi State rallied around one another and proved itself as a legitimate contender. Moreover, senior leadership was on full display, as they showed up when needed most.
McCowan, or “T” showed why she is the most dominant player in the country, plain and simple. Averaging a double double with 16.8 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, last night’s performance spoke a bit louder. McCowan posted 26 points and 24 rebounds, having shot 9-15 from the field and 8-9 from the line. In addition, she recorded two monumental game changing blocks, one of which McCowan stared down the opposition, ultimately speaking for the Bulldogs’ rivalry with the Gamecocks.
Of her 24 rebounds, 12 were offensive and 12 were defensive, as McCowan was a force to be reckoned with on both ends. When posting numbers as such, Mississippi State is virtually unstoppable. The main key for McCowan is to stay out of foul trouble, focus on her game, and take advantage, all of which she did throughout last night.
Danberry has arrived and filled the stat line against South Carolina. With 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and a block, she was simply in a zone. Danberry has emerged as a senior leader and one of the Bulldogs’ primary weapons. Though not a point guard, Danberry is excellent at finding open shooters. In addition, she knows how to create her own shot, a must in today’s game.
Danberry’s poise coupled with her ability is rare in the modern era, as there are only so many that are unafraid of the moment. Moreover she has and will continue to be consistent en route to Mississippi State’s run at a title. Look for her to post similar numbers next Thursday at Florida.
Overall, last night’s game was a statement for the Bulldogs. Now 17-1 and 5-0, still undefeated in SEC play, expect Mississippi State to play with even more of a swagger. They have learned to gel with one another and are only becoming more dangerous. Big things to come down the road.