Vanderbilt WBB Preview: Mississippi State

The Vanderbilt Commodore women host Mississippi State on Thursday night at Memorial Gym. Here is your VandyMania.com preview of the Bulldogs.

The Bulldog women got off to a 16-1 start but are just 6-5 over the last 11 games.  Most recently, the Bulldogs dropped a road game at Texas A&M and a home game to Kentucky before downing rival Ole Miss on the road on Sunday.

Sophomore guard Victoria Vivians, who was named Freshman All-America in her first season,  is the Bulldog's leading scorer.  Vivians scored 22 points in the State win over Ole Miss. Another guard, Morgan William, is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging just under 10 points per game.  

Looking at some of the top MSU shooters, Vivians hits the most 3-ponters but non-starters LaKaris Salter, a forward, and guard Kayla Nevitt both hit over 35 percent of attempts.  Six-foot-5 center Chinwe Okorie is the team's best shooter from the field.

Six-foot-7 center Teaira McCowan and Okorie are the team's top rebounders.   William has dished out the most assists while Vivians has the most steals. 

Looking at the Vandy-MSU stats comparison Vandy is the better shooting team from 3-point range and the field. The Bulldogs get the edge in every other statistical category and have the stronger RPI.  

This is another tough matchup for Vandy.  The Dores beat MSU soundly last year in Memorial but this Bulldog team seems even better.  To win, the Commodores must keep Vivians from going crazy while also not giving up bunches of easy layups inside.  

Thursday's game tips off at 7 pm central time and can be seen on the SEC Network Plus.  Listen online at VUCommodores.com or on your radio at 560 AM WNSR. 


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