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Who is Mississippi State’s X-Factor off the bench?

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Aliyah Matharu has caught fire as of late, as she has become a game changer for the Bulldogs second unit.

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As she can ignite the offense and provide a scoring spark, Matharu continues to earn her share of minutes, ultimately making the most of every opportunity.

Matharu has been an integral component within the Bulldogs 15 wins, but must stay consistent throughout SEC play. Vic Schaefer has become heavily reliant on Matharu taking a load off Mississippi State’s primary offensive weapons, most notably Jordan Danberry, Rickea Jackson, and Myah Taylor.

At 5-foot-7, Matharu is quick on her feet and can create opportunities for teammates. Though not a pure floor general, she boasts second to none vision and can get to through the lane. Look for Matharu to eclipse her season high of 17 minutes against LSU this Thursday.

While she is a formidable offensive weapon, Matharu must improve defensively. The Bulldogs have yet to find a proven defender off the bench, as Matharu has a chance to up her game. A risk taker at times, Matharu should do so against the Tigers en route to accumulating a couple of steals. If able to put forth an all-round game, Matharu will be an impactful factor going forward.

Hail State!