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No. 9 Mississippi State at Vanderbilt Women’s Basketball Preview

Following a bitter loss to the arch rival Gamecocks, the Bulldogs look to get back on track in Nashville.

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Broadcast Information

The game is at 8 p.m. CT and can be watched on the SEC Network.

What to Watch For

Jessika Carter in the paint

Carter, who continues to battle foul trouble, must return to form, as she has an opportunity against the Commodores. When at her best, Carter can crash the boards and dictate pace throughout a game. At 6-foot-5, she should do so in tonight’s matchup.

The simple key for Carter is to stay in the game. Coach Vic Schaefer has had to bench her on numerous occasions due to early foul trouble. Look for Carter to post north of 10 points as well as 10 boards.

Aliyah Matharu off the bench

Having scored 10 straight points off the bench against the Gamecocks, Matharu is the spark the Bulldogs need when facing a deficit. Though streaky at times, Matharu can score in bunches. The freshman guard should see an increase in minutes.’

Unlike years past, this year’s squad is most formidable on offense rather than defense. As she takes care of the ball and can score in the paint, from midrange, and distance, Matharu has become a go to weapon in the second and third quarters. She should light up the scoreboard and ignite the offense.

Prediction

Mississippi State rolls past Vanderbilt 88 - 72