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MSU-Vanderbilt Game Notes

Vanderbilt comes to Starkville sporting a 17-5 overall record and 5-4 SEC mark following consecutive victories over Georgia, Auburn and LSU. The Commodores are just 1-3 on the road in league play compared to a 4-1 mark in Nashville. Away from Memorial Gymnasium, Vandy is averaging 58 ppg against SEC competition, compared to a 68.6 tally at home.

The Commodores are paced in scoring by SEC leader Christina Foggie at 17.8 ppg. She is averaging 17.9 ppg in league play. Tiffany Clarke and Stephanie Holzer pace Vandy on the boards with 7.1 each per contest. Vanderbilt scored a 66-61 road win against Auburn Thursday night. The Lady Tigers held Foggie to just nine points, but Clarke stepped up with 26 to lead three Vandy players in double fi gures. The Commodores shot 48.9 percent from the fl oor, including 33.3 percent from three-point range, while nailing 20-22 (90.9 percent) of their free-throw chances.


Sunday’s battle features the SEC’s leading scorers in Foggie of Vanderbilt and Mississippi State’s Diamber Johnson. Johnson paced the league in scoring most of the season, but in the past few weeks Foggie claimed the top spot. Foggie enters Sunday’s game averaging 17.8 ppg on the season, while Johnson is scoring at a 16.4 clip for MSU.


Mississippi State struggled from the fl oor against South Carolina and Arkansas, shooting 28.3 percent from the fi eld and just 4.3 percent from three-point range, but that changed againt UGA as the Lady Bulldogs shot 41.1 percent. After fi ring at a 39.1-percent clip in the fi rst half, State shot 42.4 percent in the second half, it’s best effort in the final 20 minutes since a 47.6-percent effort in MSU’s road victory at Ole Miss.


Mississippi State’s 62-57 win against Auburn on Jan. 22 notched the 13th victory of the year for the Lady Bulldogs. This year’s squad matched last season’s victory total in the 19th game. State reached the 13-win plateau before Jan. 23 for the fi rst time since the 2008-09 season and just the third time since 2003-04.


Despite its last two foes eclipsing the 40-percent mark from the fi eld, Mississippi State still features the SEC’s second-best fi eld goal percentage defense. The Lady Bulldogs are holding opponents to 35.2 percent from the
fl oor, the 35th-best mark in the nation.
MSU has been even better on defense at home, holding foes to 30.9 percent from the fi eld and 26.0 percent from three-point range.
Mississippi State was unable to get a three to drop at South Carolina, halting a run of consecutive games with a three at 182. State went 0-8 from beyond the arc, the fi rst time MSU went without a bucket from three since another 0-8 outing against Kentucky on Feb. 19, 2006. 


Mississippi State blocked nine shots Thursday night against Georgia, giving State an SEC second-most 5.9 per game this season. That tally is also good enough for 13th in the country. The Lady Bulldogs have swatted 7.3 shots per game over the last four contests.


The Lady Bulldogs, who blocked a school-record 14 shots in a season-opening win against Jacksonville State (Nov.11), have eclipsed the 100-block mark for the fourth-straight year. State’s 130 tally is the third-most by an MSU squad.



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