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No. 6 Mississippi State makes opening statement, blazes past Jackson State 88-58

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It is indeed the start of a new era in Starkville, Mississippi, as the Bulldogs showed up and showed out to begin the 2020-21 season.

Led by Rickea Jackson’s 19 points, the Bulldogs had their way with the Tigers. Jackson set a defensive tone from the get go, having opened the game with a block. Myah Taylor then found her for a 3-pointer. As Jackson’s long-range shooting was in question, she showed significant development, having shot 3-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Jessika Carter added fourteen points and five key blocks. Like Jackson, Carter showed a big sign of improvement. Highly prone to foul trouble in 2019, Carter committed just one personal.

Now in the starting lineup is guard JaMya Ming-Young and forward Sidney Cooks, who combined for 21 points. Mingo-Young posted nine boards, tied with freshman guard Madison Hayes for the team lead.

Star point guard Myah Taylor filled the stat line with 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals. She will be heavily relied on as the team’s leader and floor general. Look for her name to be mentioned frequently throughout the season.

The Bulldogs showcased their lethal combination of talent and experience on both ends of the floor. Expect the same against New Orleans Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.

Hail State!