The game is at 1:00 p.m. CT and can be watched on ESPN2.
What to Watch For
Myah Taylor on both ends of the floor
The Bulldogs will have to dictate pace throughout, as Taylor has emerged into a pure floor general. As the Bulldogs have capable shooters, expect Taylor to rack up the assists and create opportunities for teammates. And although she may not be a score first point guard, Taylor can take over game if needed, as seen in Mississippi State’s comeback victory over Texas A&M.
Also a formidable defender, Taylor will have to force and capitalize on multiple turnovers for the Bulldogs come out victorious. Like former Mississippi State star Blair Schaefer, Taylor can take charges and force the opposition into foul trouble. Expect Taylor to run the show and be on the floor for north of 30 minutes. Taylor has accumulated 63 steals this season.
Which Bulldog center matches up best with Aliyah Boston?
Standing at 6-foot-5, Boston has been a freshman phenom, as she is averaging a near Double double with 12.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. With Jessika Carter and Yemiyah Morris at his disposal, Vic Schaefer will have a decision to make early. As Boston is likely to see both, do not be surprised if Morris sees the floor more than Carter.
Fresh off a Double double that included 11 points, 10 boards, and a season high five blocks, Morris, who stands at 6-foot-6 can be a lethal post presence. That said, Carter’s versatility can be also be potential problem for Boston. Look for both Carter and Morris to get in Boston’s.
Rickea Jackson vs Mikiah Herbert Harrigan
Jackson has posted two straight Double doubles thus far in the tournament and is likely to have another this afternoon. But Jackson has not seen a defender like Herbert Harrigan. While the two match up evenly in height at 6-foot-2, both can determine a game’s outcome and will have to show up when it matters most.
Although Jackson is a freshman, she continues to play beyond her years. Having said that, Herbert Harrigan, a senior, has been here before. For a championship win, Jackson will have put on a show and have another 20 or more point performance.
Mississippi State holds off South Carolina 80-77