Lady Bulldogs Set To Host Louisiana Tech Wednesday
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Coming off two consecutive wins, the Mississippi State women's basketball team continues its homestand as they face Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. Tip time from the Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-1), are coming off back-to-back wins over South Alabama and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In the last game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Senior Mary Kathryn Govero led the Lady Bulldogs with 23 points while Ashley Brown notched her first career double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs shot 51.7 percent from the field while holding UAPB to 18.8 percent shooting.
Govero currently leads the SEC in scoring, averaging 18.8 points a game. The Clinton, Miss.,-native had a career high earlier this season, scoring 28 in the season opener against USC Upstate. Govero is shooting 52 percent from the field and 48 percent from 3-point range. Those ranks third and second in the SEC respectively. Govero also leads the SEC in threes made a game with 3.3.
Brown, who paces the team with 11.8 rebounds a game, ranks second in the SEC. The Chicago, Ill.-product notched her first career double-double against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Mississippi State continues to excel on the defensive end of the floor through its first four games, allowing opponents to score just 47.2 points a game. That mark ranks first in the SEC. State also leads the SEC in field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to shoot just 29.1 percent from the floor. On the offensive end, State is averaging 64.8 points a game and is shooting 42 percent from the floor. The Lady Bulldogs are shooting 34 percent from 3-point range. Mississippi State is second among SEC teams in steals with 47 and rank fourth in blocks, averaging 4.8 a game.
Louisiana Tech enters Wednesday's game with a 2-3 record, having dropped its last three games. Led by head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, the Lady Techsters are led by senior forward Adrienne Johnson. Johnson is averaging 23.8 points a game and is shooting 52 percent from the field. Johnson also paces LTU in rebounds, averaging 8.6 a game. Senior guard Whitney Jones is averaging 9.8 points a game while senior Tarkeisha Wysinger-Mackey is averaging 8.0 a contest.
Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech have met 10 previous times dating back to 1979. Mississippi State has won the last three meetings with the Lady Techsters which included two meetings in Ruston, La. Last season, State overcame a 10-point second half deficit to take a 72-68 victory over LTU in Ruston. Alexis Rack scored 32 points in the winning effort.
Following Wednesday's game, State returns home on Sat., Dec. 4 to host North Texas at 1 p.m.