News from MSU Media Relations--January 23

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football and Women's Basketball

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State senior defensive end Titus Brown (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) has been selected to play in the 2008 Under Armour Senior Bowl, Saturday, Jan. 26, and has reported to Mobile, Ala., to begin drills for that post-season all-star classic. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT in Ladd-Peebles Stadium and the game will be nationally televised by the NFL Network.

Brown, a 6-3, 250-pound defensive end, earned all-Southeastern Conference honors as both a junior and senior while at State. He played in 44 of a possible 47 games during his career, earning a total of 30 starts – 25 at defensive end from his sophomore through senior seasons after gaining five at middle linebacker as a freshman.

He registered 170 total tackles as a Bulldog, including 37 for loss (minus 172 yards), 18.5 of which were quarterback sacks (minus 114 yards). He returned one fumble 44 yards and blocked a field goal and was credited with four pass break ups and three caused fumbles.

Brown is slated to play both defensive end and linebacker for the South squad, which will be coached by San Francisco 49er head coach Mike Nolan and his staff.

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team (12-6, 0-3 SEC) faces off against in-state rival Mississippi (8-8, 2-1 SEC) Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum. Tipoff between the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Rebels is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, and can be heard on WFCA 107.9 FM with Jim Ellis calling the action. Fans are asked to help the Lady Bulldogs "Pack the House" and attempt to set a new Humphrey Coliseum attendance record.

The game will mark the first of two meetings between the two schools on the season. Mississippi State travels to Oxford Thursday, Feb. 14 for a 7 p.m. CT start with the Lady Rebels at Tad Smith Coliseum.

The last three meetings between MSU and UM have been decided by five points or less. Last season, both teams picked up a win on the opponent's home floor. State took a 73-71 victory over the No. 22 Lady Rebels in Oxford, while UM won a hard-fought 86-84 overtime decision at Humphrey Coliseum in their last meeting.

Thursday's match up will mark the first ever meeting between Lady Bulldog Head Coach Sharon Fanning and first year UM Head Coach Renee Ladner. Fanning owns a 14-11 career advantage over the Lady Rebels, with six of those victories coming on the Lady Bulldog's home floor.

After a strong start to the 2007-08 campaign, Mississippi State is still searching for its first conference victory of the season. MSU is led by sophomore forward Tysheka Grimes and guard Alexis Rack. Grimes leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.7 points and 6.1 boards per game. Meanwhile, Rack has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, averaging 12.1 points per contest on the season. The sophomore also leads the Lady Bulldogs with 48 three-pointers made on the year.

After an Elite Eight appearance in last season's NCAA Tournament, Mississippi enters the matchup with MSU riding a two-game conference winning streak. The Lady Rebels are coming off wins over Arkansas and South Carolina. UM has played without the services of sophomore guard Alliesha Easley for most of the season, relying on Shawn Goff most of the way. Goff leads the team with 13.7 points per game to go along with her team-leading 7.4 rebounds a contest.

Following Thursday's game with the Lady Rebels, Mississippi State travels to Arkansas to take on the Lady Razorbacks Sunday, Jan. 27. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT from Bud Walton Arena.

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