GAMEDAY Womens Basketball

Mississippi State 88, Jackson State 58

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A new era of Mississippi State basketball got under way without Vic Schaefer as Nikki McCray-Penson's first team hit the court against Jackson State.

The Bulldogs battled through a rusty start and took home an easy 88-58 win to give McCray-Penson her first win. The Bulldogs were supposed to play in Connecticut at the Women's Hall of Fame Challenge this weekend but it was cancelled.

Preseason All-SEC player Rickea Jackson was one of four Bulldog players to score in double figures with her game-high 19 points on 8 of 18 shooting. She added seven rebounds and four assists.

The Bulldogs only had a few days to prepare for the Tigers and it showed early on as things didn't start how they would have drawn it up.

In the first quarter, MSU made just 5 of 18 shots and led 14-4. The bad news for the Tigers is that they were held without a single made shot during that stretch.

MSU took full control in the next two quarters scoring 26 points in the second to push the halftime lead to 40-19. They led 74-33 after three quarters which was more than enough to overcome a fourth quarter in which the Bulldogs did not score for the final 5 minutes and were outscored 13-0 to close it out.

Jackson finished the game with 19 points on 8 of 18 shooting and added seven rebounds and four assists. Preseason second-team All-SEC center Jessika Carter had 14 point on 6 of 8, JaMya Mingo-Young had 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists and Myah Taylor finished with 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

The Bulldogs finished the game hitting 41 percent of its shots with 12 of 29 coming from behind the arc. They outrebounded the Tigers 55-41 and had 23 assists.

Dayzsha Rogan led the Tigers with 16 points while Starkville native Jariyah Covington had 12 points and was 4 of 7 from 3-point range.


Associated Press

November 29, 2020