Women’s Basketball Hosts In-State Rival No. 6 Mississippi State Tonight

By Adam Brown
Sports Editor

Senior Crystal Allen defends against an offensive attack. Photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics. 

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team returns to the Pavilion this evening as they play host to the No. 6 Mississippi State Bulldogs. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. on the SEC Network +.

Ole Miss (9-17, 3-9 SEC) is coming off a loss to the Georgia Bulldogs, 78-56, on Monday night. By the first media timeout of the game, the Rebels hit their first four shots to tie the game at 10-10. Georgia closed out the quarter on a 14-3 run and never looked back.

“The first five minutes we were doing fine, but we hit a little adversity…we just got manhandled,” said head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin. “That was disappointing for us. On the bright side, in the third and fourth, we fought.”

Senior Crystal Allen recorded her 10th game of the year scoring at least 20 points with 21 points on the night.

Mississippi State comes to Oxford with a 23-2 overall record and an 11-1 mark in conference play. The Bulldogs rolled past the Texas A&M Aggies 92-64 in their last game. Sophomore guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter lit up the scoreboard with 24 points.

Mississippi State’s only conference loss came on Valentine’s Day at home against the Missouri Tigers, 75-67.

As a team, the Bulldogs lead the NCAA in scoring margin at plus 31.7 and rank second in scoring offense with 87.6 ppg.

Mississippi State senior Teaira McCowan averages 16.8 ppg along with Anriel Howard’s 15.9 ppg.

The Rebels and the Bulldogs have faced each other 96 times in the all-time series. Ole Miss leads the series at 63-33. Mississippi State has won the last 10 meetings.

Fans can listen to all the action on Ole Miss Radio or watch the game on SEC Network +.

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