Mississippi State - Auburn Preview

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (17-9, 8-5 SEC) face the Auburn Lady Tigers (12-14, 3-10 SEC) Sunday afternoon in Humphrey Coliseum. Tip-off time is set for 2 p.m. CT. The game can be heard online on Mississippi State's Maroon to the Max and on the radio on WFCA-FM 107.9 in French Camp.

Mississippi State- Auburn
  • Series Record: Auburn leads 30-13
  • Location: Starkville, MS
  • Coverage: Maroon to the Max, WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS,
  • Date and Time: Sunday, 2 p.m.

    Auburn

  • Coach: Renee Ladnor
  • Team Record: 12-14 (3-10, SEC)

    About the Lady Tigers :
    The Lady Tigers have endured a long season, only managing three wins during their SEC schedule. They have lost their last four games and are 11th in the SEC standings. The Lady Tigers are the worst offensive team in the SEC while only ranking 7th in scoring defense. They are led by Alli Smalley who averages 15 points a game. The Lady Tigers will look to finish the season strong as they are not tournament bound.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Blanche Alverson FR. (6'3) 6.8 pts. 3.8 reb.
  • PF- Jordan Greenleaf JR. ( 6-1) 7.4 pts. 7.0 reb.
  • SF- Alli Smalley JR. (5'8) 15.0 pts. 4.4 reb.
  • SG- Parrisha Simmons SO. ( 6'0) 3.4 pts. 5.5 reb.
  • PG- Morgan Toles FR. (5'9) 7.3 pts. 4.3 apg.
  • Top Reserves: Nicolle Thomas FR. (5'10) 16.3 min. 6.1 pts., KeKe Carrier SR. 6'7 13.0 pts. 7.3 reb. 2.3 blks.

    Injury Report:

  • None

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring- 15.0 Smalley
  • Rebounds- 7.3 Carrier
  • Assists- 4.3 Toles
  • Blocks- 2.3 Carrier
  • Steals- 1.5 Greenleaf


    Mississippi State:

  • Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis
  • Team Record: 17-9 ( 8-5, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a big win against Ole Miss with Alexis Rack missing from the lineup. Armelie Lumanu recorded 18 points and nine rebounds while also dishing six assists. The Lady Bulldogs are currently 3rd in the SEC standings and are trying to improve their seeding in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Bulldogs, with five players averaging double figures, rank 4th in the SEC in scoring offense, and they also rank 5th in scoring defense.

    Projected Starting Line-Up :

  • C- Chanel Mokango SR. ( 6'5 ) 10.5 pts. 7.0 reb.
  • PF- TySheka Grimes SR. (6'0) 11.4 pts. 6.6 reb.
  • SF- Mary Kathryn Govero JR. (5'11) 11.3 pts. 4.7 reb.
  • SG- Alexis Rack SR. ( 5'7) 19.0 pts. 4.6 apg. 2.3 spg.
  • PG- Armelie Lumanu SR. (5'9) 12.4 pt 7.3 reb. 2.6 spg.
  • Top Reserves: Diamber Johnson SO.(5'7)23.6 min. 4.9 pts., Rima Kalonda SR. ( 6'3) 3.1 pts. 4

    Injury Report:

  • Marneshia Richard SR. (5'8), Ashlie Billinslea JR. (5'6) (Knee) Season,

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring: 19.0 Rack
  • Rebounds: 7.3 Lumanu
  • Blocks: 2.5 Mokango
  • Assists: 4.6 Rack
  • Steals: 2.6 Lumanu


    Stat Comparison:

  • Scoring: MSU 72.8, AUB 62.0
  • Scoring Defense: MSU 60.0, AUB 63.3
  • FG Shooting: MSU 41.0, AUB 41.6
  • FG Defense: MSU 38.2, AUB 40.9
  • 3pt. Shooting: MSU 31.6, AUB 31.0
  • Rebounding: MSU 40.1, AUB 40.2
  • Rebound Margin: MSU+0.4, AUB + 5.6
  • Blocks: MSU 4.0, AUB 5.0
  • Free Throw Shooting: MSU 67.9, AUB 58.2
  • Assist: MSU 15.1, AUB 13.1
  • Turnovers: MSU 15.4, AUB 17.1

    Star Watch:
    Mississippi State - Armelie Lumanu is my player to watch for this game. Lumanu has been the Lady Bulldogs best player so far this season. She is second in scoring, first in rebounding and first in steals. I expect her to have a big day on her last game at The Hump.
    Auburn - KeKe Carrier is the player to watch for the Lady Tigers. Carrier, who is 6-foot-7, could give the Lady Bulldogs frontline trouble in this game. She is averaging 13.0 points and 7.3 rebounds while blocking 61 shots on the season. If Carrier has a big day then it could be a long day for the Lady Bulldogs.

    The Match-Up:
    The last time these two teams played Mississippi State took care of business. The Lady Bulldogs now have TySheka Grimes back, which should further help their cause. Alexis Rack is expected to return after missing the Ole Miss game with a foot injury. The Lady Tigers have good size, which is something the Lady Bulldogs tend to have trouble with. The Lady Bulldogs are a high scoring team while the Lady Tigers are not. And that could lead to this game being lopsided in the scoring column. I expect the Lady Bulldogs to win this one in a rout.


    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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