Friday, 15 February, 2019

Kentucky vs. Mississippi State

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Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2019, 08:10

McCowan is now averaging 16.9 points per game with 13.7 rebounds and she has 58 blocked shots to go with it. MSU has always had consistent production from Anriel Howard, who has 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds a game and Danberry with 13 points a game.

But then here we are, mid-afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, and Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs just polished off the proud Lady Vols 91-63 before 10,021 at The Hump.

Schaefer said the bye gave the Bulldogs more time to work on fundamentals and to catch their breath so they can finish strong. Kentucky is 6-0 ATS in their last six versus the SEC And 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games. Its win over the Bulldogs by 21 that afternoon was part of an ongoing nine-game winning streak for the Wildcats, which will be tested with a hard road test against MSU.

The final score didn't indicate how tough this win was for the Bulldogs, who saw their lead dwindle to 47-44 midway through the third quarter.

That's how deadly Mississippi State can be; this went from a close game to a historic blowout in the final 12½ minutes.

Trailing 17-15, a 7-0 spurt over two minutes - including five points from Herro - put the Cats on a 22-17 cushion. The Bulldogs followed with the final six points of the quarter for a 61-49 lead.

MSU opened the fourth going four of five from the floor while UT went cold, hitting just one of three in the opening two minutes. "Man, they were special today". In fact, she said she expects State, which has played in the national championship game two consecutive years, to contend for the national championship again.

MSU overcame 29.4 percent shooting in the second half to still hold a 40-34 halftime lead. "We've got great point guard play". "I tried my best but she had the hot hand". They are physical and they attack those boards as good as anybody I have seen in a long time. MSU won 71-52 last season in Knoxville, Tennessee, but the Lady Vols, who lead the series 37-4, earned an 82-64 victory against the Bulldogs in the regular-season finale on February 26, 2017, in Starkville. Meme Jackson was off, but if she gets her form back and everybody else stays consistent, there are some positive things to build off of when Westbrook returns.

Kushkituah shed a bulky knee brace during the LSU game and finished the day with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Tennessee struggled with Mississippi State's combination of size and speed. Ball movement was disgusting all the way around, and it was the biggest killer in the game. Their improvement was evident until the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have now lost 13 straight games to Kentucky dating to 2009. But Mississippi State responded with a huge run to pull within 51-50 on a pair of free throws by Quinndary Weatherspoon with 8:41 left. Over their last nine games, Kentucky has held opponents to an average of 58 points per game.

Tennessee hosts Auburn on Thursday. Mississippi State still has a legitimate path to the NCAA Tournament thanks to good wins during nonconference play, but the Bulldogs need some conference wins in a hurry.