As the Bulldogs could not take care of the ball throughout the game, the Gamecocks took advantage and capitalized.
Only three bulldogs were in double-figures. Rickea Jackson posted 15 points and Jessika Carter added 12. While Myah Taylor poured in 10, it was simply not enough.
Mississippi State is relatively young and not as experienced as South Carolina. Additionally, it is Nikki McCray-Penson’s first year as head coach. Look for the Bulldogs to be more in sync going forward and use this loss as a learning experience.
Defensively, it was nearly impossible to contain star Gamecock guard Zia Cooke. Cooke posted a game-high 19 points. That said, the Bulldogs held Aliyah Boston to just six points and had her in foul trouble early.
Expect coach McCray-Penson and the Bulldogs to get back on track and be rolling on all cylinders come Monday at Vanderbilt.