News from MSU Media Relations--Nov. 15

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Women's Basketball and Men's Golf.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss - Following a convincing 34-point season-opening win over USC Upstate on Friday, the Mississippi State women's basketball team hits the road for the first time on Tuesday when they travel to New Orleans, La., to face Tulane of Conference USA. Tip time for Tuesday's contests is set for 7 p.m. CT from TU's Fogelman Arena.

In the opener, which saw eight players make their MSU debut, the Lady Bulldogs shot 41 percent from the field en route to its seventh-straight season-opening win. Individually, the Lady Bulldogs were led by senior Mary Kathryn Govero who scored a career-best 28 points on 11 field goals. Govero hit on 4-of-10 three-point shots. Junior guard Porsha Porter scored 14 points in her debut while freshman Katia May added 13 in her first collegiate action. Junior guard Diamber Johnson tied a career high with 11 points.

Tulane (1-0), the defending Conference USA regular season and tournament champions, won its season opener 72-62 over South Alabama on Saturday. The Green Wave were led by sophomore guard Olivia Grayson who scored 21 points and added nine rebounds. Four others scored in double figures in the winning effort.

MSU and Tulane have met just seven previous times dating back to 1988. Tulane holds a 4-3 edge in the series and a 2-1 edge in games played in New Orleans. The last meeting between the two teams came in 2007 in the WNIT where State would down TU 79-73 in Starkville.

Following Tuesday's game at Tulane, the Lady Bulldogs' next action will come when they travel to South Alabama on Nov. 23.


Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Head Coach Clay Homan and the Mississippi State men's golf team have inked in-state standout Fletcher Johnson of Tupelo, Miss.

"Fletcher (Johnson) will bring a great deal of talent and experience to our program," Head Coach Clay Homan said. "He has all the tools to develop into a top collegiate player and he will compliment our team well."

Johnson is the reigning 2010 Mississippi Amateur Champion. In 2010, he also finished fifth individually at the USGA State Men's Team Championship.

Johnson's 2009 accomplishments include qualifying for the U.S. Amateur and a runner-up finish at an AJGA tournament event and in 2008 was the Mississippi Junior Amateur Champion.

In high school competition, won the state team championship three times (2007-09) and as an individual was runner-up in 2007 and 2008. Also posted the lowest competitive round with a 65 at the 2008 Southern Junior at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss.

Johnson will join a youthful Bulldog squad next season which includes four freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors and one senior.


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