Lady Bulldogs Welcome North Texas Saturday
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Women's Basketball team will play its third of four home games in its current homestand Saturday, when they host the North Texas Mean Green. Tip time from the Humphrey Coliseum is set for 1 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs (3-2), will be looking to rebound from an 8-point setback to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday. In that contest, the Lady Bulldogs put three players in double figures as junior center Judith Tabala led the way with 15 points. Diamber Johnson added 14 points while Porsha Porter had 10 points along with three steals.
Despite playing just 29 minutes against Louisiana Tech, senior Mary Kathryn Govero continues to rank among the SEC's top scorers. Govero is averaging 16.4 points a game which ranks third among SEC players. Govero leads all SEC players in shooting percentage, scoring at 52 percent. The Clinton, Miss.,-native has also hit 14-28 3-point field goals which ranks second among SEC players.
Through its first five games, Mississippi State continues to lead all Southeastern Conference teams in scoring defense, allowing opponents to score just 51.6 points a game. The Lady Bulldogs also lead the league in field goal percentage defense as opponents are shooting just 33 percent from the field. Offensively, State is scoring 64 points a game and is shooting 43 percent from the field. MSU has a +12.4 scoring margin and a +3.6 rebound margin. State is averaging 11.8 assists a game and turning it over 17.4 times a contest.
North Texas enters Saturday's game with a 1-6 record and are currently on a 6-game skid. The Mean Green, led by head coach Shanice Stephens, is 21-48 in her third year with the program. UNT is currently led by sophomore forward Denetra Kellum who is averaging 17.1 points a game while Jasmine Godbon is scoring 16.7 points a game and leads the Mean Green with 8.4 rebounds a game.
Mississippi State and North Texas have met just one time in women's basketball. That meeting came on Dec. 15, 1977 in Columbus, Miss. The Lady Bulldogs downed UNT 66-62 in the MUW Christmas Classic. With MSU's win earlier this season against South Alabama, Mississippi State is 42-19 all time against the Sun Belt Conference. The Lady Bulldogs played just one Sun Belt opponent last season when they defeated Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Following Saturday's game, State will be off for seven days before hosting Utah on Dec. 11 to close its homestand. Gametime for the Dec. 11 game is set for 4 p.m. and will be part of a double header with the men's team.