News from MSU Media Relations--April 24

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

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University women's basketball team celebrated its 2006-07 season on Monday night at the Hunter Henry Center on the MSU campus. Head Coach Sharon Fanning and the Lady Bulldog coaching staff handed out 10 awards to members of the squad and presented one Lady Bulldog Booster Club member with the team's Sixth Player Award.

State sophomore Marneshia Richard was honored with the Most Assists, Coaches and Best Defensive Player Awards. With her 125 assists on the year, Richard passed Tan White's 124 assists to own the sophomore single season record. She also set the single game assists record with 11 against South Carolina. In addition to dishing the ball, Richard was not afraid to take it away. Her seven steals against then-13th ranked Purdue tied the single game steals record. The Lamar, Miss.,-native also notched the first double-double of her career with 13 points and 11 assists against the Gamecocks.

State junior Imesia Jackson earned the teams Most Deflections and Field Goal Percentage Awards, while newcomers Tysheka Grimes (Most Improved), Alexis Rack (Free-Throw Percentage) and Bethany Washington (Best Rebounder) were also named award-winners.

Jackson wrapped up her first year for the Lady Bulldogs posting three double-doubles. She tallied a career-high 12 rebounds in the WNIT win against Tulane and became a member of the 30-point scorers club when she netted 30 points against Florida State. Jackson scored in double figures 20 times during the season and ended the season averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.

Grimes joined Washington on the freshman single-game blocks list and all-time list with four rejections against Mississippi. The Baton Rouge, La.,-native scored a career high 28 points against South Carolina going 11-for-17 from the field and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. She also netted back-to-back doubles on the year and became the first player since Tan White to accomplish the feat. She was once named SEC Freshman of the Week.

For her efforts throughout the season, Rack was named a unanimous selection to the 2006-07 Southeastern Conference all-Freshman Team. Rack also scored in double figures in 10 straight contests, becoming the first player since Tan White to do so. She scored her season-high 24 points against Georgia Tech in the championship game of the Georgia Tech Holiday Tournament. During the contest, Rack drained six three-pointers en route to being named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. She was named SEC Freshman of the Week twice during the year.

A native of Houma, La., Washington recorded three double-doubles on the year and tied the freshman single game record with four blocks against Western Kentucky. She had her best outing of the season at Kentucky posting 16 points and 10 rebounds. For her performance in the game, she garnered SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors. On seven different occasions, Washington posted double figures in the rebounding column.

Sophomore Bethany Workman was honored for her off-the-court achievements with the Sonny Mullins Community Service Award and the Newsom Academic Award. The Springtown, Texas,-native was named to the Southeastern Conference's Community Service team for the second consecutive year. She participated in a mission trip to Kenya this past summer with World Changers International. She has also helped at the Starkville Church of God's Compassion Kitchen and with Bully's Book Blitz. Workman is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and MClub and participates in various other community service activities with both organizations. She is also a member of the Shackouls Honors College at MSU.

Presented annually, the Sixth Player Award honors those who go above and beyond. This year's honoree was Lady Bulldog Booster Club membership chair Steve Demarais.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State sophomore Sammie Jo Bailey was named SEC Player of the Week, announced Monday afternoon by the conference office in Birmingham.

The Lithonia, Ga. native hit .600 (9-15) while driving in five runs in five games last week. She also had a .800 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage, and led the team with 12 total bases.

The sophomore began the week going 1-for-2 with a hit by pitch against UAB. She opened the Georgia series with a 2-for-3 day, scoring a run. Against Mississippi Valley State, Bailey went 1-for-3 with a run. She had a career day in game two against Georgia, going 3-for-3, including her second home run of the season, with three runs, three RBI and two walks; closed the series with a 2-for-4 day with an RBI. Against Georgia, she hit .700, with four runs, four RBI, two walks and a home run. Mississippi State improved to third in the division following the series win over Georgia.

State will travel to in-state rival Southern Miss this Tuesday, April 24 in its final non-conference game of the season. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m. (CT).

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State University Associate Head Track and Field Coach Steve Dudley has announced the signing of three high school track and field all-Americans from Cahokia, Ill.

Clyde Young, Martavis Hines and Jerdo Williams each signed national-letter-of-intent to begin competing at MState in the spring of 2008. The trio is coached by former MSU track athlete LeRoy Millsap, who is the track coach at Cahokia High School. Millsap was a four-year letterwinner from 1981-84 at State.

Young was recently named a 2007 all-American after posting the nation's top mark in the long jump. He had a mark of 24 feet, eight and a half inches during the indoor season. Young also competes in 110-meter hurdles and the apart of the CHS 4x100 and 4x200-meter relay teams. He ranks in the top 10 in the country in those two events. In the hurdles, he registered a time of 13.08 in 2006, which is fifth-best in the nation. As a member of the 4x200-meter relay team, Young and teammates clocked a time of 1:26 in the event.

"Clyde (Young) finished the indoor season as the No.1 long jumper in the country," said Steve Dudley. "I think that stat alone can tell you how excited we are to have Clyde join our team."

Hines, is a three-sport athlete for Comanches of CHS. He led the football team in scoring and rushing in 2006. He scored 13 touchdowns and rushed for over 1,600 yards on 233 attempts last season. Hines concluded his senior season with 1,775 combined total yards on the season. He was also named an all-State performer in wrestling. On the track, Hines carded a time of 37.07 in the 300-meter hurdles.

"Martavis (Hines) will add depth in our short and long relays along with being a top caliber hurdler," said Dudley.

Williams turned in a time of 10.50 in the 100-meter dash, which was tops on the team in that category during 2006 and listed in the top 20 in the nation. In the 200-meter dash, Williams had the second-best time in the region with a mark of 21.54. He recently competed in the 15th Mobile (Ala.) Challenge of Champions in early April. At that event, Williams finished with a 21.57 mark in the 200-meter dash. He is also runs a leg on the relays teams at CHS.

"Jerdo (Williams) is another great sprint athlete that joins 2 of his fellow teammates to Mississippi State," added Dudley. "They all were part of a Illinois State Track and Field Championship."

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