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No. 14 Mississippi State falls short to Alabama 86-78

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While the Bulldogs started the game on fire, the Crimson Tide ultimately found a way to show up when it mattered most.

Myah Taylor and Rickea Jackson led the way in points with 15 apiece. Jessika Carter was held in check, as she posted just 10. Xaria Wiggins and Madison Hayes combined for 18. Wiggins shot 3-4 from distance.

All five Alabama starters were in double-figures. Guard Jordan Lewis filled the statline with 22 points and seven boards. Forward Jasmine Walker added a double-double that included 17 points along with 10 rebounds.

While Aliyah Matharu struggled scoring wise, Myah Taylor is starting to find her way offensively. If Matharu can return to form, look for coach Nikki McCray-Penson to keep her in the starting lineup going forward.

Wiggins is a reliable shooter from beyond the arc and a formidable defender. Expect her to earn more minutes. McCray-Penson should call her number often, as the Bulldogs head to College Station to take on No. 7 Texas A&M on Sunday.

Hail State!