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Mississippi State Women’s Basketball: Which Bulldog is due for a breakout season?

Aliyah Matharu was a sparkplug for all of last year and is ready to make her name. MSU Athletics

A silky-smooth scorer with speed, Matharu’s game is fit for today, as she will have plenty of opportunities to take advantage.

Matharu shined brightest in the most significant moments, particularly in the second half. She started just two games but made the most of her minutes off the bench. Matharu scored a season-high 24 points in a monumental road win at Ole Miss.

Nikki McCray-Penson should count on Matharu if the Bulldogs need a scoring boost. Matharu can be a scoring factor from anywhere on the floor. She can get through the lane with breakaway speed and get on a hot-streak from both midrange and distance. Following the departure of Jordan Danberry, the Bulldogs will need Matharu to provide shooting in the backcourt.

Under McCray-Penson, Matharu should improve defensively throughout the year. She will also be learning from starting guard and defensive savant Myah Taylor.

Look for Matharu to utilize her skill set and develop an all-around game. She averaged 7.1 points for the Bulldogs last season. That number should increase as she will see the floor consistently.

Hail State!