Mississippi State - Georgia Preview

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (18-11, 9-7 SEC) face the Georgia Lady Bulldogs (23-9, 9-7 SEC) Friday night at 8 pm in the SEC Tournament. The game can be heard online on Mississippi State's Maroon to the Max, on the radio on WFCA-FM 107.9 in French Camp and seen on Fox Sports Net.

Mississippi State- Georgia
  • Series Record: Georgia Leads 23-11
  • Location: Doluth, GA
  • Coverage: Maroon to the Max, WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS, Fox Sports Net
  • Date and Time: Friday, 8 p.m.


  • Coach: Andy Landers
  • Team Record: 23-7 (9-7, SEC )

    About the Lady Bulldogs :
    The Lady Bulldogs are coming off of a tough victory against Alabama in the opening round of the SEC tournament. They had a good season where they won 23 games and achieved a national ranking. The Lady Bulldogs have great size upfront with Angel Robinson(6'5) and Porsha Phillips( 6'2) who both put up good numbers. They are led the backcourt by senior leading scorer Ashley Houts who averages 12.5 points per game. They are a virtual lock for the NCAA tournament but a good run in the SEC tournament could help with their seeding.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Angel Robinson SR. (6'5) 7.3 pts. 7.1 reb. 1.7 blks.
  • PF- Porsha Phillips JR. (6'2) 9.1 pts. 8.3 reb. 1.4 blks.
  • SF- Meredith Mitchell SO. (6'1) 8.2 pts. 5.5 reb.
  • SG- Jasmine James FR. ( 5'9) 11.4 pts. 4.9 reb. 3.0 apg.
  • PG- Ashley Houts SR. (5'6) 12.5 pts. 3.7 apg. 2.1 spg.
  • Top Reserves: Jasmine Hassell FR. (6'2) 15.1 min. 6.8 pts. , Anne Marie Armstrong FR. (6'3) 13.9 min. 5.3 pts.

    Injury Report:

  • None

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring- 12.5 Houts
  • Rebounds- 8.3 Phillips
  • Assists- 3.7 Houts
  • Blocks- 1.7 Robinson
  • Steals- 2.1 Houts

    Mississippi State:

  • Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis
  • Team Record: 18-11 ( 9-7, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Lady Bulldogs are entering the SEC tournament coming off one of their best conference seasons since 2003 when they finished tied for third place in conference and a 4th seed in the SEC Tournament. The Lady 'Dogs finished this season third in the conference which earned them a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs had several players earn conference honors at the conclusion of the regular season. Alexis Rack was named First-Team All-SEC after averaging 17.7 points. Armelie Lumanu was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 2.6 steals and leading the team in rebounds with 7.2 a game. Lumanu, along with Mokango, were named to the All-SEC Defensive team as well. The Lady Bulldogs were an overall great scoring team this season, ranking 4th in the SEC in scoring offense. They also displayed good defense led by the aforementioned players, placing 5th in the conference in scoring defense. The Lady Bulldogs, led by eight seniors, are poised to leave Mississippi State on a high note.

    Projected Starting Line-Up :

  • C- Chanel Mokango SR. ( 6'5 ) 10.7 pts. 7.0 reb. 2.4 blks.
  • PF- TySheka Grimes SR. (6'0) 11.3 pts. 6.8 reb.
  • SF- Mary Kathryn Govero JR. (5'11) 11.1 pts. 4.6 reb.
  • SG- Alexis Rack SR. ( 5'7) 17.7 pts. 4.6 apg. 2.4 spg.
  • PG- Armelie Lumanu SR. (5'9) 12.1 pts. 7.2 reb. 2.6 stls.
  • Top Reserves: Diamber Johnson SO.(5'7) 23.3 min. 4.4 pts. , Rima Kalonda SR. ( 6'3) 3.1 pts. 4.1 reb.

    Injury Report:

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

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring: 17.7 Rack
  • Rebounds: 7.2 Lumanu
  • Blocks: 2.4 Mokango
  • Assists: 4.6 Rack
  • Steals: 2.6 Lumanu

    Stat Comparison:

  • Scoring: MSU 70.6, GEO 63.3
  • Scoring Defense: MSU 59.8, GEO 54.1
  • FG Shooting: MSU .405, GEO .392
  • FG Defense: MSU .382, GEO .344
  • 3pt. Shooting: MSU .311, GEO .290
  • Rebounding: MSU 40.1, GEO 40.0
  • Rebound Margin: MSU +0.7, GEO +2.2
  • Blocks: MSU 4.0, GEO 5.4
  • Free Throw Shooting: MSU .681, GEO .664
  • Assists: MSU 14.6, GEO 11.9
  • Turnovers: MSU 15.6, GEO 16.3

    Star Watch:
    Mississippi State - Senior center Chanel Mokango is the player to watch for Mississippi State. Mokango will be faced with the challenge of slowing down the big Georgia frontline which has four players standing over 6'2. Mokango is Mississippi State's lone post presence and she will have to bring her A game for Mississippi State to defeat Georgia.
    Georgia - Senior guard Ashley Houts, the heart and soul of this Georgia team, is the player to watch for Georgia. Houts is also the Lady Bulldogs leading scorer with 12.5 points. She also helps in other areas, leading the team in assist 3.7 and steals 2.1. If Houts has a big day then Georgia has a good chance to pull out the second-round match-up against Mississippi State.

    Keys to Victory: Mississippi State

  • Contain Georgia Frontline
  • Fluster freshman Jasmine James
  • Speed the Tempo Up
    Keys to Victory: Georgia:
  • Contain Alexis Rack
  • Slow the Tempo Down
  • Play Physical

    The Match-Up:
    The last time these two teams played in the regular season Mississippi State pulled the huge upset against a then-ranked number nine Georgia. The game this time around doesn't mean as much since both teams are likely to make the NCAA Tournament even if they lose this game. The last time these two teams played Alexis Rack lit it up scoring 34 points. Mississippi State had a tough time with the Georgia frontline though as Phillips and Robinson combined for 23 points and 18 rebounds. The winner of this game will ultimately come down to who takes the game more seriously and I think that team will be Mississippi State.

    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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