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.
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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 :
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org