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No. 6 Mississippi State vs Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball Preview

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Coming off a statement win over their arch-rival, the Bulldogs return home to take on the Commodores.

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Broadcast Information

The game is at 1 p.m. and can be watched on the SEC Network.

Records and Rankings

Mississippi State:

  • Record: 24-2 overall, 12-1 SEC
  • Rankings: 6 AP/ 6 Coaches

Vanderbilt:

  • Record: 6-20 overall, 1-12 SEC
  • Rankings: None

What to Watch For

Andra Espinoza-Hunter from distance

Espinoza-Hunter has arrived as of late, proving to be a reliable offensive weapon. In her last 10 games, Espinoza-Hunter has accumulated over 100 points, including 24 at Texas A&M. The sophomore guard is seeing more and more minutes, primarily due to her ability from three. The 3-point shot has become arguably the game’s most important feature, as Espinoza-Hunter is emerging into a sniper beyond the arc.

That said, she must improve defensively. Head coach Vic Schaefer emphasizes defense, as it is what Mississippi State is now known for. However, Espinoza-Hunter should post staggering numbers against Vanderbilt. Look for her to have a day and light up the scoreboard.

Teaira McCowan taking over

Only so many players have game changing ability. Let’s call it what it is, McCowan is one of them. Still averaging a double double, Vanderbilt should be a cakewalk for McCowan. In addition, expect a few standout plays defensively. The senior center has 67 blocks and 20 steals on the year.

Offensively, McCowan should post a double-double and may even have a 20-point and 20 boards type of outing. McCowan has developed a new energy and level of dominance this year, as it will be on full display this afternoon. She averages 16.7 points and 13.5 rebounds and those numbers are sure to increase.

Prediction

Mississippi State rolls, 83-59