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Player to Watch: Mississippi State vs Troy

Fresh off a breakout performance, freshman forward Rickea Jackson continues to emerge as a reliable scorer in the paint. MSU Athletics

In the Bulldogs rout of Murray State, Jackson took advantage, having showcased an all-round offensive game.

At 6-foot-2, Jackson is a scoring threat down low, agile with second to none vision. Against the Racers, Jackson posted 16 points in 17 minutes. Jackson’s length and versatility give the Bulldogs another weapon at forward, as she, Chloe Bibby, and center Jesskika Carter will likely round out a formidable front court.

Jackson will be matched up against Japonika James, Troy’s go to scorer down low. James recorded a season high 28 points in the Trojans home opener against Fort Valley State. That said James stands at 5-foot-11, as Jackson will have the height advantage. Look for her to command the boards and force James into multiple turnovers.

Defensively, Jackson must be on guard. James, a senior, is lightning quick, as the Trojans will look to get Jackson into early foul trouble. If able to stay on the floor, Jackson should have her way throughout and lead the Bulldogs to their fourth win of the season.

Hail State!