Mississippi State-Ohio State Preview

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (20-12) face the Ohio State Lady Buckeyes (31-4) Tuesday night at 6:11 pm in Pittsburgh, PA, in NCAA Tournament action. The game can be heard online on Mississippi State's Maroon to the Max, on radio station WFCA-FM 107.9 located in French Camp, MS. and watched on television on ESPN2.

Mississippi State- OSU
  • Series Record: Ohio State leads 1-0
  • Location: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Coverage: Maroon to the Max, WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS, ESPN2, ESPNU
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, 6:11 p.m.

    Ohio State

  • Coach: Jim Foster
  • Team Record: 31-4 (15-3, Big Ten)

    About the Lady Buckeyes :
    The Lady Buckeyes are a well-balanced team that dominated their conference play, only losing three games. Their dominance lead to a top-10 ranking during the regular season and a two seed in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Buckeyes dominated in their first round match-up against St.Francis, winning 93-59. They are led by Jantel Lavender who is averaging a double-double on the season, 21.5 points and 10.4 rebounds. The Lady Buckeyes are poised to make a strong run in the tournament after falling short last season.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Jantel Lavender JR. (6'4) 21.5 pts. 10.4 reb. 1.5 blks.
  • PF- Sarah Schulze JR. (6'1) 7.1 pts. 5.9 reb.
  • SF- Brittany Johnson JR. (5'11) 9.3 pts. 2.5 reb.
  • SG-. Taylor Hill FR. ( 5'10) 8.5 pts. 2.8 reb.
  • PG- Samantha Prahalis SO. (5'7) 16.4 pts. 3.7 reb. 1.8 spg. 8.1 apg
  • Top Reserves: Andrea Walker SR. (6'5)13.7 min. 4.3 pts. , Shavelle Little SR. (5'8) 13.0 min.

    Injury Report:

  • None

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring- 21.5 Lavender
  • Rebounds- 10.4 Lavender
  • Assists- 8.1 Prahalis
  • Blocks- 1.5 Lavender
  • Steals- 1.8 Prahalis

    Mississippi State:

  • Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis
  • Team Record: 20-12 ( 9-7, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a great comeback victory against Middle Tennessee State where they went on a 14-0 run to end the game. They accomplished the feat behind the great second half performance of Alexis Rack who scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half to spur the comeback where the Lady Bulldogs only led the game for the last 37 seconds. The Lady Bulldogs will now try to build off the first round game and try to upset number two seed Ohio State.

    Projected Starting Line-Up :

  • C- Chanel Mokango SR. ( 6'5 ) 11.1 pts. 7.3 reb. 2.4
  • PF- TySheka Grimes SR. (6'0) 11.5 pts. 6.9 reb.
  • SF- Mary Kathryn Govero JR. (5'11) 10.8 pts. 4.5 reb.
  • SG- Alexis Rack SR. ( 5'7) 17.2 pts. 4.6 apg.
  • PG- Armelie Lumanu SR. (5'9) 12.3 pts. 7.1 reb. 2.5 spg.
  • Top Reserves: Diamber Johnson SO.(5'7) 23.5 min. 4.3 pts. , Rima Kalonda SR. ( 6'3) 14.4 min. 2.8 pts. 3.8 reb.

    Injury Report:

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

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring: 17.2 Rack
  • Rebounds: 7.3 Mokango
  • Blocks: 2.4 Mokango
  • Assists: 4.6 Rack
  • Steals: 2.5 Lumanu

    Stat Comparison:

  • Scoring: MSU 70.2, OSU 78.3
  • Scoring Defense: MSU 60.2, OSU 61.4
  • FG Shooting: MSU .407, OSU .458
  • FG Defense: MSU .380, OSU .384
  • 3pt. Shooting: MSU .315, OSU .395
  • Rebounding: MSU 40.0, OSU 41.0
  • Rebound Margin: MSU +0.6, OSU +5.9
  • Blocks: MSU 4.0, OSU 4.0
  • Free Throw Shooting: MSU .684, OSU .761
  • Assists: MSU 14.6, OSU 17.2
  • Turnovers: MSU 15.8, OSU 14.7

    Star Watch:
    Mississippi State - Senior Center Chanel Mokango is the player to watch for the Lady Bulldogs. Mokango was a force in the 1st round game versus Middle Tennessee State with 20 points, 14 boards, and two blocks. The Lady Bulldogs will need a repeat performance if they hope to win this game. She will also be charged with stopping Lady Buckeye star Jantel Lavender.
    Ohio State - Junior Center Jantel Lavender is the player to watch for the Lady Buckeyes averaging 20.5 points and 10.4 rebounds. Lavender dominated in the Lady Buckeyes first round game with 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Lavender should give the Lady Bulldogs fits all night.

    Keys to Victory
    Mississippi State

  • Swarm Samantha Prahalis
  • Contain Jantel Lavender
  • Don't turn the ball over
    Ohio State
  • Get a hand in Alexis Rack's Face
  • Feed Jantel Lavender
  • Play their Game

    The Match-Up:
    The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Buckeyes meet for the second straight year in the NCAA tournament second round. The Lady Buckeyes prevailed last year after the Lady Bulldogs failed to score in the last two minutes. Both teams return basically the same teams with the exception of a few rotation players. They match-up is very similar physically but the Lady Buckeyes are far more balanced and efficient. The Lady Bulldogs are high-scoring and like to push the tempo but they do are less efficient than the Lady Buckeyes, living and dying by the three. The match-up to watch will be between Chanel Mokango and Jantel Lavender who both had strong opening-round performances. This game could also come down to who does the best job of controlling the ball as both teams like to pressure the ball. The X Factor could be Alexis Rack who can take over games if she gets hot. I think Ohio State will ultimately be too much in this match-up but do not be shocked if the Lady Bulldogs are having their Sweet Sixteen party MTV-style.

    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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