STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University women's basketball hosts the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Sunday afternoon in a 2 p.m. contest at Humphrey Coliseum. Sponsored by Callaway Orthodontics, Sunday's Take a Kid to the Game Day features free admission for all youth ages 18 and under.
Off to their best start since the 2002-03 season, the Lady Bulldogs (4-1) meets UAB for the 25th time with each team having won 12 of the previous contests. UAB won last year's meeting in Birmingham, 73-59. MSU holds the advantage in those games played in Starkville, having won seven of nine total contests.
State enters the game coming off of a 65-60 overtime upset of Florida State on Thursday evening. Junior Imesia Jackson led the way, becoming the first player since Tan White (2005) to record 30 points in a single game. Jackson's 30 points, along with her 11 rebounds, netted the Crawford, Miss.-native her first double-double as a Lady Bulldog. Freshman Alexis Rack leads the team is assists, averaging 3.0 per game and also scored the game-tying basket with 55 seconds remaining in regulation to force the overtime period Thursday.
Overall, Jackson averages 15.8 points per contest, along with 7.4 rebounds. Sophomore Robin Porter also averages a double-figure scoring total, with 10 points per contest. Behind Jackson, Porter also leads the rebounding column, brining down 6.0 boards each game.
The Blazers enter Sunday's affair 0-6 on the season. UAB is led by senior Carmen Guzman, who averages 21.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Junior Diamond Rogers also averages double figures, bringing in 16.0 points each contest.
MSU holds the upper hand in non-conference games played at home, posting a 68-6 mark against those opponents during the Sharon Fanning era. Overall, State is 120-58 against those teams.
Following Sunday's game, the Lady Bulldogs take a week off for final exams and return to action Sunday, Dec. 10, in their first road contest of the season. MSU travels to Hattiesburg to Southern Mississippi in a 2 p.m. contest at Green Coliseum.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Back on the winning track following Wednesday's 78-69 home win over the Charlotte 49ers, the Bulldogs of Mississippi State (3-2) continue their current three-game homestand by welcoming Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-1) to the MSU campus for a Saturday afternoon contest. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. CT at Humphrey Coliseum, and the first-ever meeting between the two schools is set to be televised live by SportSouth.
With Paul Crane set to call the play-by-play action and former Auburn head coach Cliff Ellis ready to provide the color analysis for Saturday's regionally televised contest, SportSouth reaches more than eight million cable and satellite subscribers across a six-state region comprised of Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and regions of central and western North Carolina. SportSouth can be seen on various cable and direct-to-home satellite subscribers in the region, including Northland Cable in Starkville (Ch. 49), Cable One in Columbus (Ch. 59), Comcast in Jackson (Ch. 48), Vista III in Oxford (Ch. 73), Comcast in Memphis (Ch. 52), DirecTV Channel 631, and Dish Network Channel 437.
Coach Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs are now 3-2 on the year after snapping a two-game losing skid with their nine-point home victory over Charlotte earlier this week. MSU had previously dropped consecutive decisions to Winthrop (74-63 at home) and Clemson (69-66 on the road) after tipping off the new campaign with sizeable home triumphs over Nicholls (90-55) and Loyola Marymount (61-37).
Leading the SEC team statistical leaders in three-point field-goal percentage defense (.230) and ranked third in overall field-goal percentage defense (.341) on the year, Mississippi State is led in scoring (15.2 ppg; 8th in SEC), rebounding (9.6 rpg; 2nd in SEC) and assists (5.0 apg; 5th in SEC) by preseason all-SEC sophomore Jamont Gordon. The Nashville native most recently scored 20 points and collected a season-high 12 rebounds in Wednesday's win over Charlotte. Junior all-SEC standout Charles Rhodes follows at 13.2 points (22nd in SEC) and 6.4 rebounds (13th in SEC) per contest on the season. After combining for 28 points and 12 rebounds off the Bulldog bench earlier in the week against Charlotte, freshmen guards Barry Stewart and Ben Hansbrough are averaging 11.4 and 9.2 points per game,respectively.
A first-year member of the Southland Conference after spending the past seven seasons competing as an independent, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders are 3-1 thus far after dropping 95-73 decision at Oklahoma State this past Wednesday. Picked in the preseason to finish either first or second in the Southland's West Division, A&M-Corpus Christi opened the 2006-07 campaign by posting home wins over Texas College (90-53) and Monmouth (71-54) in addition to winning at Detroit (82-73). Guided by eighth-year head coach and former South Alabama head man Ronnie Arrow, TAMUCC is led in scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg) by junior forward/center Scooby Johnson. Former Texas Tech transfer Josh Washington, a senior guard, is averaging 14.3 points (12-24 treys) off the bench.
Following next week's final exams on the MSU campus, the Bulldogs will close out their current three-game homestand next Saturday (Dec. 9) by playing host to the South Alabama Jaguars. Tip-off time for the 10th series renewal is set for 7 p.m. CT at MSU's Humphrey Coliseum, and the contest is scheduled to be televised live by SportSouth.