News from MSU Media Relations--October 9

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Golf, Women's Basketball and Soccer.

Men's Golf
CORDOVA, Tenn. - Mississippi State's men's golf team completed the first round at the Memphis Intercollegiate today with a score of 302, and was halfway through round two when play was suspended due to inclimate weather. The Bulldogs currently stand fifth amongst the 15-team field with a score of 9-over par.

Rebounding from a ninth place finish in round one, MSU worked its way up the standings early in round two with the play of MState juniors Josh Bevell and Carlos Sainz, Jr., who lead the Bulldogs in competition. Both are tied for 14th in the individual field.

Sainz, Jr., was tied with junior Matt Fast for the team lead after the first round, each firing a 3-over par round of 75. Sainz, Jr. is currently 2-under par after nine holes of play in the second round. Bevell notched a 76 in the first round, but responded with a 3-under par performance through nine holes in the second round. Fast is currently third on the team and tied for 20th amongst the individual field. He is currently at even par through 10 holes of play in the second round.

Redshirt senior Josh Oller is tied for 28th individually after a 4-over par performance in round one. He is even par through 10 holes of round two competition.

Coming off a medal-winning performance in the Magnolia Cup, where junior Noah Goldman tallied a 66 to help lead the Bulldogs to victory over in-state rival Mississippi, the Longwood, Fla., native is currently the fifth-place Bulldog in Memphis. Notching a first round of 79, Goldman is 1-over par through eight holes of play in round two.

Entering the tournament as an individual, junior Logan Young is in third place overall in the field with a 2-over par first round and a stellar 6-under par second round (through 11 holes). Young's play as an individual does not count towards MState's team score.

Suspended play is expected to resume tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT, while round three will not be played.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball coaching staff will host the Lady Bulldog Coaches Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. The event is $25 per participant and open to coaches of all divisions.

The 2007 clinic features question and answer sessions in video breakdown and zone offense and defense, as well as discussion forums on NCAA compliance, strength and conditioning and athletic training. Other topics to be covered include individual workouts and team practice with shooting drills, defensive breakdown drills, rebounding drills, transition offense and defense, half court offense and defense, full court and half court press defense and press offense.

For more information or to register, please contact Lillian Latham in the women's basketball office at (662) 325-0198.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Caitlin King's goal with 4:23 remaining broke a scoreless tie and gave Auburn (7-3-1, 3-1-0) a 1-0 victory over Mississippi State (5-7-0, 1-3-0) in a game that was a defensive battle throughout. It was the sixth consecutive shutout in the series for the Tigers.

After an MSU turnover, Auburn picked the ball up at midfield and dribbled into the offensive zone. Jenni Prescott picked up the ball, and passed it over to King who sent a shot from 25 yards away that sailed over MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland's head for the only goal of the game.

The teams began the game with a very defensive match-up, as neither team got much going. However, play started to pick up with 15 minutes remaining in the first half. MSU got the first scoring chance of the game. Ashley Hood dribbled the ball up the middle, and passed off to Treena Ferguson. Ferguson dropped it back to Hood, who fired a shot towards the right corner. But, Auburn goalkeeper Ashley Whitworth made the diving save.

Four minutes later, Auburn had a chance to take the lead. Stephanie Fransoso dribbled into the box, and tried to put the ball over Holland. But the sophomore made a leaping save. Addison Ragsdale immediately pounced on the ball, but sent it just over the crossbar, and teams went into halftime scoreless.

The Bulldogs got a scoring opportunity 17 minutes into the second half. Jessica Davis intercepted a pass in the Auburn zone, and set up Katelyn Graben. The sophomore one-timed a shot, but Whitworth made the save.

Mississippi State continues its home stand this Friday. MSU will host No. 20 South Carolina on Friday, October 12, at 7 p.m. (CT), before facing Florida on Sunday, October 14, at 12 p.m. (CT).

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