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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Sharon Fanning-Otis has enjoyed a heralded collegiate coaching career. She tries to add another milestone to her illustrious list of achievements Wednesday as she goes for career victory No. 600 when her Lady Bulldogs host South Alabama at 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.
The game will be broadcast on WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. The contest will also be broadcast via live video and audio to Maroon to the Max subscribers.
Fans can follow Mississippi State women’s hoops during the season on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mstateWBK) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/mstateWBK).
Fanning-Otis can be the 14th NCAA Division I coach to reach the 600-win plateau. In her 36th year as a head coach, Fanning-Otis stands at 599-445 overall. The 17th-year head coach of the Lady Bulldogs rates as MSU’s all-time wins leader with a 272-217 mark.
Fanning-Otis notched win No. 599 last Saturday as Mississippi State improved to 5-1 on the season with a 56-42 win at Savannah State.
The Lady Bulldogs were paced in scoring by a career-high 18 points from senior Ashley Brown. Drawing her first start of the season, Brown came one rebound shy of a double-double. The Chicago native has averaged six points and nearly eight rebounds per contest this season.
Fellow senior Diamber Johnson continues to top the Lady Bulldogs with a 16.2 ppg scoring average that ranks second in the Southeastern Conference. Johnson also tops the squad in assists with 25 on the year.
Another senior, Porsha Porter, anchors a Bulldog defense that has held its last two opponents to 25-percent or lower from the field. The native of Chicago is averaging 4.2 steals per contest, a mark that rates second in the SEC and 14th nationally.
Porter has also been solid on the offensive end of the floor, averaging a team second-most 12.5 ppg.
Freshman Martha Alwal has also made her presence defensively. The Worthington, Minn., native rates second in the conference in rebounds (10.7 rpg) and first in blocked shots with a 4.2 per-game tally that rates third in the nation.
South Alabama boasts an identical 5-1 record after recording wins against Texas-San Antonio and Utah last weekend.
The Lady Jaguars are led in scoring by Camille Reynolds, who has averaged 14.5 ppg in a reserve capacity. Reynolds is also tied for the team lead in steals with eight on the season.
Taylor Ammons, a Vicksburg native, paces South Alabama in rebounds with 7.5 per game while averaging 5.6 points per contest.



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