Led by freshman guard Aliyah Matharu’s career high 24 points, Mississippi State rounded out SEC play with a statement win over their arch-rival.
Off the bench, Matharu jumped out of the gate and never looked back. Having been the catalyst that sparked the Bulldogs late in the first half, Matharu made the most of her 18 minutes. Jordan Danberry added 18 points, seven boards, five assists, a pair of blocks, and a steal.
Though they went back and forth and at times trailed the Rebels by a slight margin, the Bulldogs proved that they are a second half team. And although Bulldogs put on an offensive clinic, Vic Schaefer and company stuck to their defensive identity. As they forced 19 turnovers, look for the Bulldogs to take it up a notch defensively come Friday’s SEC tournament and beyond