Lady Bulldogs Travel To South Alabama Tuesday
STARKVILLE, Miss - Mississippi State's women's basketball team will play its second consecutive road game when they travel to Mobile, Ala., to face South Alabama on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Mitchell Center on the South Alabama campus. The broadcast of the game can be heard on 107.9 FM in the Starkville area and live audio will be available on Maroon to the Max.
The Lady Bulldogs (1-1), enter Tuesday's contest with a win over South Carolina Upstate before falling to Tulane in New Orleans, La. Senior Mary Kathryn Govero is pacing State, averaging 16.5 points a game. Junior guard Diamber Johnson is scoring 12.5 points a contest while Porsha Porter is scoring 9.5 a game.
Junior Ashley Brown paces MSU in rebounding, pulling down 11.5 a game. That mark ranks third in the SEC. Brown's 7.5 offensive rebounds a game leads the league.
State currently ranks near the top of the SEC in several defensive statistical categories. The Lady Bulldogs rank fifth in scoring defense (57.5 ppg allowed), first in field goal percentage defense (.333), second in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.267) and lead the league in free throw percentage (.833).
South Alabama, of the Sun Belt Conference, is 2-1 this season With wins over Southern Miss and Southern. The Lady Jags are paced by junior guard Sarda Peterson who is scoring 15 points a game. Senior forward Christian Shelter is scoring 14.7 points a game.
Mississippi State and South Alabama have met 13 times dating back to 1977. The Lady Jags hold a 7-6 lead in the series and are 4-1 against State in games played in Mobile, Ala. Mississippi State defeated USA 71-50 in the last meeting which came in 2004 in Starkville.
Following Tuesday night's contest, the Lady Bulldogs will begin a four-game homestand that starts Sunday, Nov. 28 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That game is will tip at 2 p.m. at the Humphrey Coliseum.