Women's Hoops Face Vanderbilt on the Road

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Riding the momentum from their first road SEC win of the season over Ole Miss, the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (6-9, 1-1 SEC) face their third ranked team of the season in No. 23/21 Vanderbilt (11-4, 0-1 SEC) in Nashville, Tenn. on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

After opening up the SEC season with a home loss vs. Arkansas, 66-45, State stunned Ole Miss with a 70-59 road victory this past Sunday. In a quality team effort, the Lady Bulldogs out rebounded their archrival with a season-high 55 rebounds compared to 39 by the Rebels. Two Lady Bulldogs recorded double-doubles in the win at Ole Miss. Senior Mamie McKinney totaled 13 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth career double-double and senior Doceide Warren posted the first one in her career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshmen continue to lead the Lady Bulldogs in the points column with guard Robin Porter leading the team with 10.3 points per game and Heather Hollis is second with 9.1 ppg.

Vanderbilt leads the overall series vs. MSU, 26-11, and the Commodores are 14-1 when hosting State. The last time State won in Nashville was Feb. 14, 1981 (MSU, 83-77). VU has taken the last two meetings in the series including the heartbreaking MSU double overtime loss in Starkville last season, 106-98.

The ranked Vanderbilt Commodores (11-4, 0-1 SEC) opened up conference play with an overtime loss at Arkansas (52-51) this past Sunday. Previous to that, VU had won three straight and totaled an 11-3 non-conference record. The Commodores are 7-0 at home this season with their four losses coming on the road and neutral sites. Leading the way is sophomore center Liz Sherwood with 14.1 points per game followed by junior guard Caroline Williams with 12.9 ppg and junior forward Carla Thomas with 11.5 ppg.

Both teams fell to Arkansas in their season openers and have fallen to non-conference opponent ranked Arizona State earlier in the season.

Head coach Sharon Fanning has tallied 499 career wins and is on track to become the 23rd winningest active coach to earn her 500th career win. Also in the rankings, senior forward Mamie McKinney is seventh on MSU's all-time blocks list with 58. She is just one shy of tying sixth place.

Next up, MSU returns home to host top-ranked Tennessee on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. on Comcast Sports Southeast.


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