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No. 15 Mississippi State escapes Georgia 73-66

Though it went down to the wire, Mississippi State’s combination of talent and experience proved to be too much for Georgia. MSU Athletics

While the Bulldogs earned their fourteenth win, they were put to the test in Athens.

A trio of starters led the way, as Rickea Jackson, Jessika Carter, and Jordan Danberry combined for 47 of the Bulldogs 73 points. Danberry came up big when it mattered most, icing the game at the free-throw line. Danberry and Jackson led the team in points with 17 apiece, as both continue to assert themselves as the team’s most lethal offensive weapons.

Though Carter posted 13 points, she struggled on the boards with just six. That said, Carter found herself in foul trouble, having accumulated four on the day. Look for Carter to bounce back come Thursday’s showdown in Columbia against Missouri.

Xaria Wiggins came up big off the bench with 13 and provided a spark when needed. Myah Taylor’s all-round game was on full display, as she made her presence felt on both ends of the floor. Taylor’s stat line included six points, four assists, and four steals.

As today’s performance was by no means the offensive show that the Bulldogs put on against Florida, Vic Schaefer’s emphasis on defensive play was widely apparent. Expect a steady balance of offense and defense going forward.

Hail State!