News from MSU Media Relations--November 18

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - MSU head women's golf coach Christi Sanders announced Friday, the signing of Mallory Batson of Attala, Ala. to a national letter-of-intent to compete with the Lady Bulldogs beginning next fall.

A five-year letter winner of the Etowah High School golf team, Batson is the defending Alabama State Golf Champion and a two time All-State tournament team selection. Batson's highlights include first-place honors at the 2006 Signal Mountain Junior Invitational, the Scottsboro High School Invitational, SJGT Farmlinks and the RTJ Cambrian Ridge. She also earned second-place honors at the Women's Alabama Golf Association Junior Championships in 2005 and 2006 and earned All State Academic Honors. Batson is coached by PGA teaching professional Michele Drinkard at Bentbrook Country Club in Birmingham, Ala. , and her home course is Silver Lakes in Anniston, Ala.

"I am thrilled that Mallory will be joining the Mississippi State squad next fall," said Sanders. "She is very enthusiastic about everything she does and will bring a lot of energy to this team. Mallory drives the ball really well and is a very good ball-striker with her irons. She is very self-motivated and works extremely had on her game. She has a fiery-competitive spirit and a strong desire to win."

Batson also excels in the classroom at Etowah High School. She currently holds a 4.00 GPA and ranks second in her class. Batson is also the 2007 SGA President Elect, a member of the Science Club, Key Club, First Priority, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta and has been a member of the Homecoming Court for three years. Batson is a member of the Crosspoint Community Church and is the daughter of Tommy and Debbie Batson.

Men's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Following convincing season-opening home wins over Nicholls and Loyola Marymount, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State (2-0) conclude their current three-game homestand by playing host to reigning NCAA Tournament participant and preseason Big South Conference favorite Winthrop (2-1) Saturday evening on the MSU campus. Tip-off at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum is set for 6 p.m. CT, following MState's 1:30 p.m. CT home football battle against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Coach Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs are 2-0 on the young season after claiming impressive home victories over Nicholls (90-55) last Saturday and most recently over Loyola Marymount (61-37) this past Monday. Defensively on the season, MSU has outscored its first two opponents by an average margin of 29.5 points and outrebounded the opposition by 16.5 boards an outing. Including holding the LMU Lions to 20.7 percent shooting on just 12-of-58 field goals and contributing to the school's lowest single-game point total since the 1949-50 campaign, MState has limited its 2006-07 opposition to just 28.7 percent composite field-goal shooting and only 16.7 percent three-point accuracy for the year.

Offensively, the Bulldogs have five players averaging between 9.0 and 13.5 points per game on the year, paced by true freshman guard Barry Stewart, who has knocked down 8-of-12 field goals, 3-of-6 treys and 8-of-10 free throws through the first two outings. All-SEC standouts Jamont Gordon and Charles Rhodes follow at 13.0 and 12.0 points, respectively, as well as averaging 8.5 and 7.0 rebounds per contest, respectively. As a team, Mississippi State is scoring at a 75.5 points-per-game clip and hitting 54.3 percent of its collective shot attempts.

Guided by ninth-year head coach Gregg Marshall, the Winthrop Eagles, by way of Rock Hill, S.C., are 2-1 on the season after falling in Charlotte to second-ranked North Carolina, 73-66, Wednesday in the NIT Season Tipoff South Region championship game. The Eagles began the new season by topping North Greenville (89-46) at home and Iona (57-38) in Charlotte. With seven of its top eight players returning from last year's 23-8 NCAA Tournament ballclub, Winthrop is led in scoring by junior guard Michael Jenkins (21.7 ppg & 19-35 treys) and preseason Big South Conference Player of the Year Torrell Martin (15.7 ppg & 11-26 treys). Winners of six of the last eight Big South Conference championships and six automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament, the Winthrop Eagles were the unanimous choice to win the league title for the second straight year. Along with Martin, 6-foot-10 senior center Craig Bradshaw was named to the Big South's 2006-07 Preseason All-Conference Team.

The Bulldogs will next travel to Clemson, S.C., for a Tuesday night (Nov. 21) televised game (FSN South/SUN Sports) against the Clemson Tigers of the Atlantic Coast Conference looking to extend their nation's-best, 15-game road winning streak against non-conference opponents. Tip-off at Clemson's Littlejohn Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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