STARKVILLE, Miss. The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (1-0) host the East
Tennessee State Lady Bucs on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. CT in the second game
of the weekend 2005-06 season opener. State took the season home opener
over Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, 71-55. MSU is now 20-12 in season
openers and 15-0 in season opener's played at home.
State scored a resounding 44 points in the paint vs. Southeastern Louisiana
and even took the advantage with 25 points made off of 20 SLU turnovers.
Three Lady Bulldogs scored in double digits in the win: freshman Robin Porter with 16 points, junior Natasha Henderson with a career-high 12 and
sophomore Miayorka Johnson with a career-high 11 points. Senior Mamie McKinney pulled in nine points, nine rebounds and a career-high seven
assists for the night.
This will mark the first game of the 2005-06 season for ETSU. MSU took the
first meeting with ETSU last season, 74-64, in Johnson City, Tenn. on Dec.
30, 2004. The Lady Bucs went 13-7 last season and 9-11 in the Atlantic Sun
Conference. They return four starters to the squad in senior guard BJ Banjo
who averaged 15.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg; senior forward Candace Gibson with 8.7
ppg and 8.1 rpg; sophomore guard/forward Michele DeVault who had 6.4 ppg and
2.7 rpg; sophomore guard/forward Nicole Akers had 4.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg.
MSU welcomes back ETSU head coach Karen Kemp who was a Lady Bulldog
assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 1985-87 under former MSU
head coach Brenda Paul.