STARKVILLE, Miss. The Mississippi State University women's basketball team closes out November on Thursday evening with a matchup with Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.
The fifth meeting between the schools features the first contest between the two teams in Starkville. The previous four contests have all been played in Tallahassee. The series is tied 2-2 with Florida State winning last year's contest, 75-59.
The Lady Bulldogs enter Thursday's contest 3-1 on the year. On Sunday afternoon, MSU boasted a school-record 13 blocks to defeat Mississippi Valley, 80-51. In the win, State also posted 20 steals. The Lady Bulldogs' are led by junior Imesia Jackson. The Crawford-native averages 12.3 points per game, while sophomore Robin Porter brings in 11. Jackson and Porter also lead MState in the rebounding category, each bringing in 6.5 boards per contest.
The Seminoles are undefeated, standing at 6-0 on the year and positioned just outside of the Top 25 rankings at 26th and 27th in the WBCA Coaches Poll and the Associated Press Poll, respectively. Led by sophomore Britney Miller's 14.7 points per game, FSU has three other players averaging double-digits. FSU defeated Tulsa, 60-43 in their final contest before the trip to Starkville.
After the Mississippi Valley game, the Lady Bulldogs rank first in the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots, averaging 6.25 per game. State also sits atop the defensive rebounds list with 120 in four game (30.0 average). MSU ranks second in scoring defense and field goal percent defense in the conference rankings, just behind #11 LSU.
Sophomore Marneshia Richard ranks eighth in the league with an average of 2.5 steals per game. In four games, Richard has swatted the ball away 10 times. In the offensive rebounds category, freshman Tysheka Grimes is sixth with a 3.5 average, while freshman Bethany Washington is 10th with 3.0. Washington also ranks ninth in the league with an average of 1.25 blocks per game. In four games, she has nixed five shots attempts.
Following Thursday night's game, MState opens December hosting UAB on Sunday afternoon. Sunday's game has been designated as Take a Kid to the Game Day. All youth ages 18 and under will be admitted free of charge.
STARKVILLE, Miss. General admission tickets for Thursday night's Mississippi State/Florida State women's basketball game are available at a special discounted rate. As a part of Family Night, tickets for the SEC/ACC contest are available for $3 and may be purchased at the MSU Ticket Office on the MSU campus or one hour prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff at the Humphrey Coliseum box office.
MSU will also sponsor Family Night again Dec. 19 (Grambling), Jan. 11 (Georgia), Feb. 4 (Auburn) and Feb. 15 (Vanderbilt).