Mississippi State - Florida State Preview

The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (21-12) face the Florida State Lady Seminoles (28-5) Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament at Dayton, Ohio. Tip-off time is set for 1:32 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 and seen on ESPN2.

Mississippi State- Florida State
  • Series Record: Mississippi State leads 3-2
  • Location: Dayton, Ohio
  • Coverage: Maroon to the Max, WFCA-FM 107.9 French Camp, MS, ESPN2
  • Date and Time: Sunday, 1:32 p.m.

    Florida State

  • Coach: Sue Semrau
  • Team Record: 28-5 (12-2, ACC)

    About the Lady Seminoles :
    The Lady Seminoles are coming off two strong wins to begin the NCAA tournament, defeating Louisiana Tech and St. John's. The Lady Seminoles are led by senior center Jacinta Monroe who is averaging 13.2 points on the season. The Lady Seminole are a high scoring team scoring 74.5 points a game but they also hold opponents to only 59.6 points a game. Florida State has a balanced attack with six players averaging over seven points a game. They are looking to make a Final Four led by their balanced scoring attack.

    Projected Starting Line-Up:

  • C- Jacinta Monroe SR. (6'5) 13.2 pts. 7.2 reb. 2.1 blks.
  • PF- Alysha Harvin SR.(5'10) 10.7 pts. 3.7 reb.
  • SF- Chastity Clayton FR. (6'0) 8.3 pts. 5.5 reb.
  • SG-. Courtney Ward JR. (5'7) 10.8 pts. 3.5 reb. 5.6 apg. 2.1 stls.
  • PG- Angel Gray SR. (5'9) 6.5 pts. 4.5 reb.
  • Top Reserves: Alexa Deluzio FR. (5'11) 25.3 min. 6.5 pts., Cierra Bravard SO. (6'4) 18.5 min. 7.2 pts.

    Injury Report:

  • None

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring- 13.2 Monroe
  • Rebounds- 7.2 Monroe
  • Assists- 5.6 Ward
  • Blocks-2.1 Monroe
  • Steals- 2.1 Ward


    Mississippi State:

  • Coach: Sharon Fanning-Otis
  • Team Record: 21-12 ( 9-7, SEC)

    About the Lady Bulldogs:
    The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a surprisingly dominant win over number two seed Ohio State. The Lady Bulldogs are a bit of a Cinderella team as many expected them to get beaten last Tuesday versus Ohio State. Chanel Mokango has been a big reason for the Lady Bulldog success performing well in the first two tournament games with 39 points and 17 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs seem to be clicking at the right time showing why many people expected them to be one of the top teams in the country.

    Projected Starting Line-Up :

  • C- Chanel Mokango SR. ( 6'5 ) 11.3 pts. 7.2 reb. 2.4 blks.
  • PF- TySheka Grimes SR. (6'0) 11.0 pts. 6.6 reb.
  • SF- Mary Kathryn Govero JR. (5'11) 11.0 pts. 4.5 reb.
  • SG- Alexis Rack SR. ( 5'7) 17.6 pts. .350 3pp. 4.6 apg.
  • PG- Armelie Lumanu SR. (5'9) 12.4 pts. 7.1 reb. 2.6 stls.
  • Top Reserves: Diamber Johnson SO.(5'7) 23.7 min. 4.1 pts. , Rima Kalonda SR. ( 6'3) 14.4 pts. 2.8 pts.

    Injury Report:

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

    Team Leaders:

  • Scoring: 17.6 Rack
  • Rebounds: 7.2 Mokango
  • Blocks: 2.4 Mokango
  • Assists: 4.6 Rack
  • Steals: 2.6 Lumanu


    Stat Comparison:

  • Scoring: MSU 70.7, FSU 74.5
  • Scoring Defense: MSU 60.4, FSU 59.6
  • FG Shooting: MSU .411, FSU .445
  • FG Defense: MSU .382, FSU .354
  • 3pt. Shooting: MSU .322, FSU .382
  • Rebounding: MSU 39.6, FSU 41.9
  • Rebound Margin: MSU +0.3, FSU +7.2
  • Blocks: MSU 3.9, FSU 4.2
  • Free Throw Shooting: MSU .680, FSU .717
  • Assists: MSU 14.8, FSU 15.6
  • Turnovers: MSU 15.7, FSU 19.1

    Star Watch:
    Mississippi State - Senior center Chanel Mokango is player to watch for the Lady Bulldogs. Mokango is averaging 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in the tournament, turning into an impact player for the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs will need her to continue with her strong play if they hope to beat the Lady Seminoles.
    Florida State - Senior center Jacinta Monroe is the player to watch for the Lady Seminoles. She is averaging 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game for the season. Monroe will be a major in the Lady Seminoles ability to beat the Lady Bulldogs.

    Keys to Victory
    Mississippi State

  • Get Chanel Mokango involved early
  • Force Turnovers
  • Contain Jacinta Monroe
    Florida State
  • Get Jacinta Monroe involved early
  • Minimize Turnovers
  • Play Physical

    The Match-Up:
    The seeding in this game has no bearing as these teams are evenly matched from top to bottom. The only real difference is that the Lady Seminoles are a bit more efficient from the field. Florida State has the advantage of having more depth than the Lady Bulldogs which they should use to their advantage. The Lady Seminoles should play physical and wear the Lady Bulldogs down as the game goes along. To win this game, Mississippi State should put a lot of pressure on the ball as the Lady Seminoles turn the ball over 19.1 times a game. I will not pick against the Lady Bulldogs in this game because I expect them to be facing UCONN this Tuesday contrary to what ESPN has to say.


    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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