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No. 5 Mississippi State vs. Arkansas Women’s Basketball Preview

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It’s the SEC Championship and the Bulldogs know what is at stake.

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Broadcast Information

The game is at 1 p.m. CT and can be watched on ESPN2.

Records and Rankings

Mississippi State:

  • Record: 29-2 overall, 15-1 SEC
  • Rankings: No. 5 AP/ No. 5 Coaches

Arkansas:

  • Record: 20-13 overall, 6-10 SEC
  • Rankings: None

What to Watch For

The return of Andra Espinoza-Hunter

Held to just four points in yesterday’s 71-56 win over Missouri, Espinoza-Hunter will have to bounce back in today’s matchup. The 3-point sniper averages 8.3 points per game, whose season highs of 24 points along with seven threes came in an unstoppable performance against Texas A&M, a game in which she proved herself as a reliable scorer. While there is no doubting her capability as a scorer, Espinoza has shown that she can show in big moments. Look for her to do so and drain a few long-distance threes.

Anriel Howard as a game changer

Howard, who can take over a game at any moment is averaging a near double double with 16.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. Moreover, she can score at will and be a formidable paint presence. Fresh off a double double against the Tigers, having posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, Howard has become one of the best two way players in the nation. Expect her to have similar numbers against the Razorbacks.

Teaira McCowan in the paint

McCowan is the focal point for Mississippi State on both ends of the floor. She recorded 27 points and 16 rebounds against the Tigers and should dominate today. Aside from foul trouble and, at times, lacking consistency from the line, McCowan has been unstoppable. McCowan should put on a show with yet another double double, perhaps a 20 and 20 type of game.

Prediction

Mississippi State routs Arkansas 82-64, wins SEC Championship