Lady Dawgs Look to Rebound with Southern Miss

STARKVILLE, Miss. - After suffering three straight losses, the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (1-3) look to bounce back on Tuesday, Nov. 29 with a contest vs. Southern Miss (1-3) at 7 p.m. MSU came up short at the Caribbean Classic in Tulum, Mexico this past weekend with losses to TCU (72-52) and Arizona State (70-48).

Freshman guard/forward Robin Porter is leading the team with 12.8 points per game, 15th best in the Southeastern Conference. Porter tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds in the past two contests. Right behind her is freshman forward Lauren Roberts who is averaging 9.3 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. She earned a starting position vs. Arizona State, while totaling 21 points and nine rebounds for the weekend. Senior forward Mamie McKinney is leading the team in rebounds with 7.3 rebounds per game, 11th best in the league.

Southern Miss (1-3) is coming off of an 85-75 loss to Northwestern (La.) State in the championship game of the Lady Eagle Classic. Three Golden Eagles are averaging double figures with freshman guard Ashley Harrell with 16.8 points per game followed by freshman guard/forward Kendra Reed with 16.5 points per game and freshman guard/forward Ashley Boehnel with 14.0 points per game. USM went 9-19 last season and 3-11 in Conference USA. The Golden Eagles lost six letterwinners and returned five to this year¹s squad, including Emer Foley, who tore her ACL.

USM leads the overall series 18-12 and the series is tied 7-7 when playing in Starkville. MSU has won four straight and six of the last eight meetings. State took the last contest in Hattiesburg, Miss., 68-53 on Dec. 19, 2000. The Lady Bulldogs are 44-51 overall vs. Conference USA.

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