It was a story of the seniors and rightfully so. Fifth ranked Mississippi State gave the maroon and white faithful a show in their last SEC home game. Highlighted by an imposing 25 point 13 rebound double double from Teaira McCowan, four seniors scored in double digits. Anriel Howard, Jordan Danberry, and Jazzmun Holmes combined for 38 points, and though she did not score, fellow senior Zion Campbell shined defensively and came up with two crucial steals.
As it pertains to McCowan, last night was just another day at the office, as she dominated both offensively and defensively. In addition to her double double, McCowan posted two steals and two blocks. Though she shot 10-12 from the field and went 5-6 from the line, McCowan did find herself in foul trouble with four. That said, McCowan was able to stay in the game and even proved that she can put it on the floor.
Versatility and experience are key factors, both of which Howard possesses. With a 10 point six rebound outing along with five personal fouls, it was not Howard’s best game. However, her leadership was on point. As a leader with plenty of energy, Howard has pushed this team and takes over when her number is called. Expect her to show up and take over on Sunday when Mississippi State rounds out SEC play at South Carolina.
Danberry has and continues to be a reliable and further consistent scorer. With 18 points she shot over 50 percent and added two assists. Having said that, Danberry has been known for her defense, as she recorded four steals. One of the game’s best two way guards, Danberry’s ability as a scorer and defender can put the Bulldogs over the top.
Holmes, who is not known for her scoring added 10 points. She, like Howard, is a natural born leader. Furthermore, Holmes is a game changer and can set the tone with one play. Also versatile and consistent on both ends of the floor, look for her to show up come Sunday.
The Bulldogs head into Columbia to take on the 14th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks Sunday at 1:00 P.M.