In a lopsided victory, Mississippi State showed why they are the nation’s most complete team. The Bulldogs dominated on both ends of the floor, having eclipsed the 100 mark and holding Southern to just 46 points. A combination of talent and experience is dangerous and Mississippi State has both and then some.
Teaira McCowan and Anriel Howard led the way, both posting double doubles, McCowan with 22 points and 16 rebounds, Howard with 23 points and 12. Both ruled the paint and were a headache for the Jaguars inside. McCowan and Howard are easily the nation’s best one two punch down low. If able to keep this up throughout the tournament, the Bulldogs can be lethal.
Having gone 8-of-9 last night, McCowan has become much more reliable from the line. This is key for the Bulldogs going forward. Teams have fouled McCowan late and it has worked, until now. That combined with her ability to stay out of foul trouble makes McCowan borderline unstoppable.
Jordan Danberry added 13 points and three steals. Danberry continues to prove herself as a reliable scorer, especially from midrange. Jazzmun Holmes, who has elevated herself into an elite point guard, added 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. She is a Swiss army knife, as Holmes can facilitate, create opportunities for others, as well as make a play when called upon.
Bre’Amber Scott has asserted herself as a primary weapon for Mississippi State, as she posted 18 points four rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Scott, who is a capable shooter, especially from distance, went 5-9 and 8-8 from the line. Look for her to gain quality minutes down the stretch.
While It is clear that Issues have been addressed, the Bulldogs must be consistent. As of now, this team looks like a true No. 1 seed at 31-2. Expect Mississippi State to make a deep run, as this version of Bulldogs is a legitimate title contender.
Mississippi State takes on Clemson tomorrow in primetime.
The game can be watched on ESPN at 8 p.m. CT