Mississippi State - Georgia Preview

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (13-7, SEC 4-3) face the Georgia Lady Bulldogs (18-2, SEC 5-2) Thursday night on the campus of Mississippi State. Tip-off time from Humphrey Coliseum is set for 8 p.m. CT. The game can be heard online on Mississippi State's Maroon to the Max, on the radio at WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS, and on the television on Fox Sports South (FSS).

Mississippi State- Georgia Preview:
  • Series Record: Georgia leads 23-10
  • Location: Starkville, MS
  • Coverage: Maroon to the Max, WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS, Fox Sports South (FSS)
  • Date and Time: Thursday, January 28th, 8 p.m.

    Georgia:

  • Coach: Andy Landers
  • Team Record: 18-2 (5-2, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Georgia Lady Bulldogs, led by Hal of Fame coach Andy Landers, are off to an impressive start, currently ranked 9th in the nation, thanks in large part to their defensive play. The Lady Bulldogs play a smothering defense that is only allowing 52.3 points a game, which is second in the SEC. Part of their defensive prowess is due to their great length, which has helped them lead the SEC in blocked shots with 5.8 a game. While they aren't known for their scoring, their defensive presence has been a mainstay of this Lady Bulldog team.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Angel Robinson SR. (6'5) 8.4 pts. 7.8 reb. 2.4 blks.
  • PF- Porsha Phillips JR. (6'2) 8.9 pts. 7.8 reb. 1.6 blks.
  • SF- Meredith Mitchell SO. (6'1) 8.1 pts. 5.3 reb. 1.6 stls.
  • SG- Jasmine James FR. ( 5'9)11.9 pts. 5.4 reb. 2.0 stls.
  • PG- Ashley Houts SR. (5'6) 12.6 pts. 4.0 apg. 2.4 stls.
  • Top Reserves: Jasmine Hassell FR. (6'2) 6.1 pts. 2.7 reb., Anne Marie Armstrong FR. (6'3) 6.1 pts. 2.3 reb.

    Injury Report:

  • None

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring- 12.6 Houts
  • Rebounds- 7.8 Phillips and Robinson
  • Assists- 4.0 Houts
  • Blocks- 2.4 Robinson
  • Steals- 2.4 Houts


    Mississippi State:

  • Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis
  • Team Record: 13-7 (4-3, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Lady Bulldogs were able to get one back in the win column, upsetting Vanderbilt for the second time this season. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs have very likely put themselves back on the NCAA Tournament bubble. But they still would be best served to get a winning streak going to solidify their status as the SEC Tournament nears. Tysheka Grimes status is still up in the air, so the Lady Bulldogs will have to carry on as if she will not be there. Chanel Mokango and Mary Kathryn Govero will have to continually improve their production as the Lady Bulldogs await the return of Grimes.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Chanel Mokango SR. ( 6'5) 9.7 pts. 7.0 reb. 2.3 blks.
  • PF- Rima Kalonda SR. ( 6'3) 2.7 pts. 3.6 reb.
  • SF- Mary Kathryn Govero JR. (5'11) 11.1 pts. 4.7 reb. 1.4 stls.
  • SG- Alexis Rack SR. ( 5'7) 19.6 pts. 2.3 stls. 4.4 apg.
  • PG- Armelie Lumanu SR. (5'9) 12.9 pts. 6.9 reb. 3.9 apg. 2.7 stls.
  • Top Reserves: Diamber Johnson SO.(5'7) 5.1 pts., Bethany Washington SR. (5'8) 6.8 min.

    Injury Report:

  • Marneshia Richard SR. (5'8), Ashlie Billinslea JR. (5'6) (Knee) Season, Tysheka Grimes SR. (6'0) (Foot) Indefinite

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring: 19.6 Rack
  • Rebounds: 7.0 Mokango
  • Blocks: 2.3 Mokango
  • Assists: 4.4 Rack
  • Steals: 2.7 Lumanu


    Stat Comparison:

  • Scoring: MSU 73.8, GA 65.1
  • Scoring Defense: MSU 59.8, GA 52.3
  • FG Shooting: MSU 41.9, GA 39.4
  • FG Defense: MSU 39.3, GA 33.9
  • 3pt. Shooting: MSU 32.5, GA 28.6
  • Rebounding: MSU 39.5, GA 40.3
  • Rebound Margin: MSU +1.0, GA +1.9
  • Blocks: MSU 4.0, GA 5.8
  • Free Throw Shooting: MSU 66.2, GA 66.4
  • Assists: MSU 15.2, GA 12.8
  • Turnovers: MSU 15.7, GA 16.4

    Star Watch:
    Mississippi State - Alexis Rack, who leads the Lady Bulldogs in scoring, is my player to watch in this game. She hasn't had any huge scoring outputs of late and is due for a big game. She also could be given the assignment of slowing down Georgia point guard Ashley Houts. I expect Rack to have a big game in front of the home crowd and show why she is the number two scorer in the SEC.
    Georgia - The Georgia frontline of Angel Robinson and Porsha Phillips are my players to watch thanks to their combined 4.0 blocks a game. Mississippi State has players who like to penetrate so their length and shot-blocking prowess could provide problems for them and have a huge effect on the outcome of the game.

    The Match-Up:
    This game is very similar to the Vanderbilt game - one team is half-court oriented (Georgia) and the other (Mississippi State) is a more up-tempo type team. Coach Fanning-Otis, in an attempt to match up with Georgia's size upfront, has changed the lineup, putting Rima Kalonda at the four. This should help even if Kalonda doesn't play a huge amount of minutes. But Georgia should still get a few more points in the paint than Mississippi State due to the fact that they have two post players that come off the bench that can score, Jasmine Hassell and Anne Marie Armstrong. This game ultimately might be difficult for the Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs to win due to Georgia's overall depth.


    Jeremiah Short is a columnist who covers various Mississippi State sports for GenesPage.com. He can be reached by email at moot2005@yahoo.com


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