Mississippi State - Alabama Preview

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (17-10, 8-6 SEC) face the Alabama Lady Crimson Tide (11-16, 3-11 SEC) Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, AL. Tip-off time is set for 6 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-Alabama
  • Series Record: Alabama leads 33-12
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Coverage: Maroon to the Max, WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS
  • Date and Time: Thursday, 6 p.m.


  • Coach: Wendell Hudson
  • Team Record: 11-16 ( 3-11, SEC)

    About the Lady Crimson Tide:
    The Lady Crimson are coming off their first road win of the season against Arkansas. The Lady Crimson Tide are in the midst of one of the worst seasons in school history. One of the lone bright spots for the Lady Crimson Tide has been the play of Tierney Jenkins who is averaging 11.8 points a game and 9.5 rebounds on the season. But Jenkins play hasn't been enough to prevent the Lady Crimson Tide from being 9th in the SEC in offense and 11th in defense.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Courtney Strauthers SR. ( 6'4) 2.8 pts. 2.8 reb.
  • PF- Tierney Jenkins JR. ( 6'0) 11.8 pts. 9.5 reb.
  • SF- Ericka Russell SO. ( 5'7) 11.0 pts. 3.2 reb.
  • SG- LaToya King JR. ( 5'4) 6.0 pts. 2.2 reb.
  • PG- Dedrea Magee SR. (5'7) 8.7 pts. 3.8 apg.
  • Top Reserves: Celiscia Farmer FR. ( 6'0) 5.6 pts. 2.2 reb. , Alyson Butler JR. ( 5'10) 4.6 pts.

    Injury Report:

  • None

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring- 11.8 Jenkins
  • Rebounds- 9.5 Jenkins
  • Assists- 3.8 Magee
  • Blocks- 0.6 McCoy
  • Steals- 1.6 Jenkins

    Mississippi State:

  • Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis
  • Team Record: 17-10 ( 8-6, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a surprising loss against Auburn this past Sunday on Senior Night. Coach Fanning-Otis has let them know how disappointing the loss against Auburn was during practice this week. The loss may serve as a wake-up call for the rest of the season and remind the Lady Bulldogs not to take any opponent lightly. One player that definitely take the lead for the Lady Bulldogs the rest of the season is Alexis Rack who is averaging 18.4 points a game. She leads a scoring attack that ranks 5th in scoring offense in the SEC. The Lady Bulldogs, even after a tough loss, are expected to make their second straight NCAA tournament unless they nose dive the rest of the season.

    Projected Starting Line-Up :

  • C- Chanel Mokango SR. ( 6'5 ) 10.6 pts. 7.0 reb. 2.4 blks.
  • PF- TySheka Grimes SR. (6'0) 11.2 pts. 6.9 reb.
  • SF- Mary Kathryn Govero JR. (5'11) 11.2 pts. 4.6 reb.
  • SG- Alexis Rack SR. ( 5'7) 18.4 pts. 4.7 apg. 2.3 stls.
  • PG- Armelie Lumanu SR. (5'9) 12.3 pts. 7.3 reb. 2.6 stls.
  • Top Reserves: Diamber Johnson SO.(5'7) 23.4 pts. 4.7 pts. , Rima Kalonda SR. ( 6'3) 3.0 pts. 4.1 reb.

    Injury Report:

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

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring: 18.4 Rack
  • Rebounds: 7.3 Lumanu
  • Blocks: 2.4 Mokango
  • Assists: 4.7 Rack
  • Steals: 2.6 Lumanu

    Stat Comparison:

  • Scoring: MSU 71.4 , ALA 64.5
  • Scoring Defense: MSU 59.7 , ALA 66.4
  • FG Shooting: MSU 40.7 , ALA 39.5
  • FG Defense: MSU 38.2 , ALA 39.7
  • 3pt. Shooting: MSU 31.2 , ALA 28.4
  • Rebounding: MSU 40.1 , ALA 41.1
  • Rebound Margin: MSU +0.5 , ALA - 0.2
  • Blocks: MSU 4.0 , ALA 2.9
  • Free Throw Shooting: MSU 67.8 , ALA 61.3
  • Assist: MSU 14.9 , ALA 13.0
  • Turnovers: MSU 15.5 , ALA 19.0

    Star Watch:
    Mississippi State - Chanel Mokango is my player to watch for this game. Mokango has been steady all season, averaging 10.6 points while blocking 2.4 shots a game but the Lady Bulldogs need for her to get more production on the inside as they head into tournament play. She definitely will need to be at her best as Alabama does have a solid post player in Tierney Jenkins.
    Alabama - Tierney Jenkins is the player to watch for the Lady Crimson Tide. Jenkins is averaging nearly a double-double on the season, 11.8 points and 9.5 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs don't have a lot of size inside which could be perfect for Jenkins to have a big day.

    The Match-Up:
    The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Crimson Tide are on different paths. The Lady Bulldogs are on the road to the NCAA tournament while the Lady Crimson Tide are playing for pride. The Lady Bulldogs have a more overall talented team than the Tide but the Lady Crimson Tide do have talented power forward Tierney Jenkins. However, the Lady Bulldogs have more firepower with five players averaging in double figures. The last game between the two teams in Starkville was the blowout by the Lady Bulldogs. I expect the Lady Bulldogs to win again but anything can happen, especially after the Lady Bulldogs lost to Auburn on Sunday.

    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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