JAMES LOOKING FORWARD TO HOMECOMING TRIP TO ARKANSAS
By Kayla Bates
Miss. – Sunday’s trip to Arkansas will be extra special for Mississippi
State women’s basketball freshman point guard Jerica James.
North Little Rock, Ark., native makes her first trek back to her home
state when the Lady Bulldogs (14-12, 4-9 SEC) meet the Razorbacks
(19-6, 8-5 SEC) at 2 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
contest, the second meeting of the season between the two squads, can
be heard on WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3.
The first game back home in front of family and friends can be nerve-wrecking, but James is looking forward to the opportunity.
I nervous? No,” James said. “There will be people in the stands I
graduated with, and my family will be there. I will have a ton of
support, and when you have support, you play differently.”
hopes she can build on a stellar showing against Ole Miss, MSU’s
in-state rival, last Sunday. The 5-5 rookie logged a season-high 23
minutes off the bench, scoring five points while notching a pair of
The transition to the collegiate level, especially
the SEC, has been one of progression for James following a standout
career at North Little Rock High School
“Coming to MSU, I
had to make a new identity for myself. No one knows who I am like they
did back home,” James said. “I have to show them that I deserve to be
out here with all the other SEC players, and that’s why I continue to
work hard to get better.”
James definitely made a name for
herself playing point guard for her high school squad that compiled a
126-4 record during her career. As a senior, she was named Arkansas’
Player of the Year and a McDonald’s All-American nominee after leading
the Lady Charging Wildcats to a 28-1 record. That one loss snapped a
59-game win streak that included a Class 7A state championship and No.
15 national ranking her junior season.
James hopes her
prep success will benefit MSU in making a return to the postseason.
While making the adjustment to the SEC, James has the benefit of
learning from two of the best guards in the SEC in seniors Diamber
Johnson and Porsha Porter.
“They have taught me things
coming out of high school that no coach could ever show me,” James
said. “They show me every day that smaller guards can get in there and
be leaders on a team.”
Knowing she has a lot of learning to do, she believes with hard work her dreams can be achieved,
“I think my skills are developing and will continue to develop and grow. I plan to do big things here!”
James will be hoping for a big showing Sunday in her homecoming.
am pretty excited,” James said with a big smile. “I have been counting
down the days since they beat us last month. I am ready!”