Bulldogs Host No. 11 Georgia Thursday For Senior Night

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Mississippi State will honor senior Darriel Gaynor prior to Thursday's game against No. 11 Georgia.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Bulldogs meet on the Humphrey Coliseum hardwood Thursday night as Mississippi State hosts No. 11 Georgia in a Senior Night showdown at 7.

The matchup will be broadcast in the Golden Triangle area on WKBB-FM 100.9 and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3. HailStateTV subscribers can access the live video and audio streams through www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Before the opening tip, MSU will honor senior guard Darriel Gaynor along with managers Gloria Newell and Maxine Jones.

Gaynor's final campaign as a Bulldog has been her most productive. The Las Vegas, Nev.-native has started 20 games for Coach Vic Schaefer's squad after only drawing one start in her first two seasons. She leads the Maroon and White in steals with 1.5 per game and paces the team with 34 made 3-pointers.

"Darriel has made an impact on our program, especially this year's team. She has been part of some big wins, and made some big shots against Louisiana Tech, Arkansas and Missouri," Schaefer said. "I'm thankful that we have had her on this team, and I'm excited for her that she has had the kind of year, at least playing-time wise, she has wanted. I know it has been a challenge for her having four different coaches in her career, but she has been someone that when she has played well, we've had success."

Mississippi State hopes to continue its success at Humphrey Coliseum after winning three of the previous four contests in the friendly confines of Starkville.

The Bulldogs stand at 12-15 overall and 4-10 in SEC play after dropping a hard-fought 58-43 decision at No. 15 South Carolina on Sunday. Martha Alwal recorded a team-best 13 points and six rebounds.

Alwal continues to pace MSU in the scoring column with 12.3 points per game. The sophomore from Worthington, Minn. leads the SEC with 14 double-doubles and 16 double-digit rebounding games.

Kendra Grant also averages double-figures for the Bulldogs with 11.8 points an outing.

The Lady Bulldogs from Athens enter Thursday's meeting at 23-4 overall and 11-3 in league contests. Georgia is currently on a three-game win streak after defeating Ole Miss 73-54 on Sunday.

"Georgia is really talented, and they have a hall of fame coach in Andy Landers," Schaefer said. "You don't win 900 games and not know what you're doing. We will have our work cut out for us against an inspired team that is playing for seeding in the SEC and NCAA Tournaments."

Jasmine Hassell leads UGA with 12.7 points per game. She also ranks second in the SEC in field goal percentage (54.1 percent).

Thursday's matchup will likely be decided on the defensive end. MSU has allowed a league-low 87 made three-pointers. Georgia gives up only 53.3 points per game, the second-best mark in the league.


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