News from MSU Media Relations--January 18

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

Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball squad (13-4, 1-2 SEC) will begin a two-game road swing Sunday, when they travel to Lexington, Ky., to face the Kentucky Wildcats. Game time is set for 3 p.m. CT at UK's Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised by the Big Blue Sports Network and will be carried regionally by Fox Sports Net South.

Mississippi State will be meeting Kentucky for the 33rd time in the series dating back to 1979. MSU and UK have split 32 previous meetings, winning 16 times each. Mississippi State has won seven of the last ten against the Wildcats but fell to UK last year 64-60 at home.

Mississippi State junior guard Alexis Rack continues to pace the Lady Bulldogs in scoring, averaging 14.2 points a game. The Franklin, La., native leads the Southeastern Conference in three-point field goals a game, averaging 2.6. Rack is second in the league in free throw percentage and ranks fourth in assists per game. Armelie Lumanu is averaging 12.7 points a game and ranks second in the league in steals a game, averaging 2.8. Chanel Mokango is adding 11.8 points a game and ranks fourth nationally in blocked shots, with 3.7 an outing.

Led by head coach Matthew Mitchell, a Mississippi State graduate, Kentucky enters Sunday's game with a 12-6 record this season. The Wildcats are 2-1 in SEC play after two straight wins over Arkansas and Alabama. UK is led by sophomore Victoria Dunlap who is averaging 12.4 points and 8.4 rebounds a game. Senior Eleia Roddy is scoring 11.3 points a game and leads the Wildcats with 9.0 rebounds a contest.

Following Sunday's game in Lexington, Mississippi State will continue road play next week, traveling to LSU next Thursday. The game with the Lady Tigers will tip at 7 p.m. at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Men's Tennis
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mississippi State freshman Louis Cant has wasted no time making his presence known in the Southeastern Conference, as the new spring arrival advanced to the quarterfinals in his first collegiate event with two more wins at the SEC Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., Saturday.

Cant defeated Christian Vitulli of Georgia in the second round, 7-6(4), 6-4, and followed that up with a win over Florida's Antoine Benneteau, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the round of 16. Cant will face a strong test in second-ranked and top-seeded Michael Venus of LSU in Sunday's quarterfinals.

In other State action Saturday, sophomore Antonio Lastre earned two victories in consolation play, beating Yassine Houssam of Alabama in a three-set bout, 7-6(3), 3-6, 1-0(7), followed by a 7-5, 6-3, win over Georgia's Vitulli.

Senior Ryan Farlow slipped up in his second round match with Joey Burkhardt of Florida, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, while sophomore Tanner Stump dropped his second match against 35th-ranked Jamie Hunt of Georgia, 6-2, 6-1. Jonas Berg of Ole Miss took a two-set win over State true freshman Daniel Sanchez, 6-3, 6-1.

MSU also competed in doubles consolation play Saturday, dropping two matches. Cant and Stump fell against Jamie Cluskey and Julien Gauthier of LSU, 8-6. Lastre and Sanchez dropped a close matchup against Borja Malo and Alex Hill of Georgia, 8-6.

The Bulldog netmen will continue tomorrow with Cant facing Venus in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. Lastre will hit the court for consolation play at 8:30 a.m.

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