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McCowan, Howard lead No. 7 Mississippi State in 80-49 Ole Miss rout

Though it was not coach Vic Schaefer’s ideal start, the Bulldogs ran the rival Rebels out of the building.

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The Hump was electric in a blackout and Mississippi State took advantage. The Bulldogs blazed past the Rebels after a slow start in the first. That said, Mississippi State knew when to turn it on after Jordan Danberry found Teaira McCowan for the go-ahead jumper with 5:58 left in the first. While the Bulldogs have gotten off to slow starts this season, they know their identity and capability going forward.

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McCowan and Anriel Howard, both who posted double doubles and combined for 49 points and 24 rebounds, led the way Mississippi State and carried them throughout. In addition, Howard added three steals. They are a dynamic one two punch and easily one of the nation’s most formidable.

Senior guard Jordan Danberry continues to show her ability as an all-around talent, having put up 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Danberry has been known as a lethal defender, but remains consistent offensively as well. She is averaging 13.3 points per game, as that number should steadily increase.

Though point guard Jazzmun Holmes, also a senior, did not score, she filled the stat line and set the tone on both ends of the floor. She recorded three rebounds, six assists, and two steals. She did have two turnovers, but overcame them.

Andra Espinoza-Hunter added 10 points and has found her way in the starting rotation. Having said that, she must stay consistent as a scoring threat. The UCONN transfer is averaging 6.9 points per game but should see more minutes. Expect her and Bre’Amber Scott to split time.

Overall, this was a great win for the maroon and white. While it is always nice to trounce your bitter rival, 19-1 and 7-0 sounds great. Going forward, look for the Bulldogs to get off to quicker starts.

Mississippi State travels to Baton Rouge to take on LSU on Thursday at 6:30 P.M.