Mississippi Valley State Devilettes:
About the Devilettes:
The Devilettes are in the midst of a tough season having lost their last three games to Iowa State, UAB, Georgia Tech respectively. They are a young team with only one upperclassmen Brittany Rochelle in their rotation, and they are going through the normal growing pains of a young team, averaging 21 turnovers per game. The Devilettes will need to cut down on the turnovers if they hope to have any chance whatsoever of upsetting Mississippi State in Wednesday's match up.
Projected Starting Line-Up:
About the Lady Bulldogs:
The Lady Bulldogs are the exact opposite of the Devilettes having won their last 3 games versus USM, Louisiana Tech, and Monday night's match up versus Samford. And State will get a chance to extend that win streak to 4 games. The Lady 'Dogs are trying to establish a rotation as they prepare to enter conference play in less than a month. True freshman Ashley Jones and senior Bethany Washington are two player that Coach Fanning-Otis will need more from if the Lady Bulldogs hope to establish the depth needed when facing conference teams such as Tennessee.
Projected Starting Line-Up:
Mississippi State - Senior guard Armelie Lumanu had to take on more of a leadership role this season due to the preseason injury suffered by Marneshia Richard. And Lumanu seems to finally be settling into that larger role after an impressive performance against Samford. She had 14 points to go along with 9 boards and 6 assist. She is also averaging 2.4 steals per game this season, showing that she is not just an offensive player.
Mississippi Valley State - Sophomore guard Ka'Neshia Smith has been a bright spot for the struggling Devilettes, averaging 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. She has scored in double figures the last two games and will need to have her best performance of the season if the Devilettes hope to be competitive in their game against MSU.
Realistically, the Devilettes of Mississippi Valley State, who have been beaten by more than 20 in all three games of their current losing streak, will look to simply keep the game as close as possible. The Lady Bulldogs, on the other hand, will use this game to try to establish a second post presence to go along with Chanel Mokango. Look for Coach Fanning-Otis to also go to the bench early and often, giving the reserves move playing time. The Lady Bulldogs have not played down to the competition this season and I don't expect them to do it this game either. Look for the Lady Bulldogs to win this game handily, extending their win streak to four games.
Jeremiah Short is a columnist who covers various Mississippi State sports for GenesPage.com. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org