As they could not run with South Carolina, Mississippi State was held in check from the get-go.
The Gamecocks pride themselves on fastbreak points, as point guard Tyasha Harris found teammate after teammate for open shots. Harris finished with a double-double having posted 10 points and 10 assists.
The Bulldogs simply could not find their way back following a slow start. Senior forward Mikiah Herbert Harrigan led the Gamecocks in points with 15 and added three blocks. Brea Beal and Zia Cookie combined for 22 points.
While the Bulldogs have dominated the paint as of late, they lost the rebounding battle 54-42. Neither Jessika Carter nor Yemiyah Morris could contain Aliyan Boston on the boards.
That being said, the Bulldogs are a young squad with Jordan Danberry being their lone senior. She and fellow guard Aliyah Matharu combined for 28 points. Rickea Jackson was held to nine, an anomaly after two 20-plus point performances.
Expect Vic Schaefer and company to address what went wrong and get back on track come the NCAA Tournament.