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MSU women renew rivalry against Ole Miss

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- "Playing with a purpose" is a perfect phrase for Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer to use to describe his team's next game. Not only does that phrase highlight how No. 18 MSU will have to play at 8 tonight (SEC Network) against Ole Miss, but it also epitomizes how the Rebels are playing in their second year under coach Matt Insell.



Practice pays off for Starkville Academy soccer team

Posted 1/22/2015 in High School Sports

You undoubtedly have heard before that location often is the most important aspect in the survival of a business. The same adage holds true in sports. After all, that's why the saying, "right place at the right time" has become cliche. That saying probably is most appropriate for soccer, where a well-timed run can give a player a chance to pounce on a rebound, or a service hit with the right touch can set up a team to cash in. When those elements happen on the same play, beautiful things are the result.



MSU baseball team will start practice Saturday

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A new college baseball season is almost here. With opening day for a Mississippi State baseball season looming Feb. 13 against Cincinnati at Dudy Noble Field, the Bulldogs will continue preparations Saturday when it officially opens practice for the 2015 campaign. It's a day that can't get here fast enough for some MSU players.



MSU beats Auburn to snap road losing streak

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Gavin Ware scored 16 points and added a season-high 17 rebounds Wednesday night to help the Mississippi State men's basketball team end a 22-game road losing streak with a 78-71 win against Auburn at Auburn Arena. I.J. Ready scored 18 points and had eight rebounds to help the Bulldogs (9-9, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) earn their second-consecutive conference win.



Faleru energizes Ole Miss women

Posted 1/22/2015 in College Sports

Pure energy. No, this isn't a trivia test to see who can remember what famous science fiction actor's voice was used in one of the catchiest pop music songs in 1988. Instead, it's an introduction to one of the nation's most athletic and underappreciated players who just so happens to play in the Southeastern Conference.



Ole Miss can't build on momentum in loss to Georgia

Posted 1/21/2015 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia men's basketball team was primed for a letdown. The Bulldogs were tired. They weren't playing another big rival. There were plenty of empty seats at Stegeman Coliseum. Yet, after a sluggish start, Georgia found a way to pull out its third-straight Southeastern Conference win.



Ready emerges as leader for MSU men

Posted 1/21/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For a season that began with uncertainty, Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready is looking pretty sure of himself on the court these days.



Three MSU players will showcase skills at Senior Bowl

Posted 1/20/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith never had a day off. That exactly the way the Mississippi State football team's senior defensive lineman wanted it. Smith, the team leader in sacks and tackles for loss in 2014, didn't return from Florida following a 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014. Instead, he stayed in the Sunshine State to begin preparations for a career in the NFL.



Hemphill has provided stability on defense for Caledonia

Posted 1/20/2015 in High School Sports

Size has a lot to do with the determining positions for players in youth sports. In basketball, the taller boys and girls usually play center or forward to maximize their ability to get rebounds and to play closer to the basket so they can use their height to shoot over players.


MSU women face key stretch this week

Posted 1/20/2015 in Local Columns

The Mississippi State women's basketball team faces its biggest stretch of the season in the next seven days. At 19-2 and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference, MSU slipped three spots to No. 18 in this week's The Associated Press Top 25. The USA Today Top 25, which is voted on by the coaches, comes out today. MSU was ranked No. 18 in that poll last week and likely will slip a few spots following a 71-69 double-overtime loss to LSU on Thursday.


Grant 's spark helps No. 15 MSU snap two-game skid

Posted 1/19/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is playing with an urgency that shows she understands she could have only 11 games left in her college career. The Mississippi State women's basketball team needed its senior guard to play with that attacking mind-set on offense. On an afternoon where little came easily, Grant poured in a game- and season-high 17 points Sunday to lead No. 15 MSU to a 66-50 victory against Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game before a crowd of 4,557 at Humphrey Coliseum.



EMCC cheerleading finishes sixth at first nationals

Posted 1/19/2015 in College Sports

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The East Mississippi Community College cheerleading team finished sixth in the open co-ed division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) this past weekend at the HP Field House within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.



No. 11 Texas A&M pulls away to beat Ole Miss

Posted 1/19/2015 in College Sports

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Courtney Williams had a game-high 21 points Sunday to lead the No. 11 Texas A&M women's basketball team to a 58-49 victory against Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference game at Reed Arena.



Ole Miss men get big victory against Arkansas

Posted 1/19/2015 in College Sports

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Andy Kennedy has enjoyed coaching in Bud Walton Arena more than most. The Ole Miss men's basketball coach continued his mastery at Arkansas on Saturday night, as Stefan Moody had 18 points to lead five players in double figures in Ole Miss' 96-82 victory against No. 19 Arkansas.



Schaefer hopes MSU can get bounce-back win

Posted 1/17/2015 in High School Sports

Vic Schaefer believes his players understand what it takes to win in the Southeastern Conference. His Mississippi State women's basketball team showed it had the fortitude to battle through adversity and tough defenses to win its first three SEC games for the first time in program history. Those victories helped propel MSU to an 18-0 start and a spot at No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25.



Starkville girls, Columbus boys earn victories

Posted 1/17/2015 in High School Sports

Tanita Thompson didn't need to be reminded about the significance of the Starkville High School girls basketball team's Class 6A, Region 3 game Friday night at Columbus.



New Hope boys earn big win vs. Oxford

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

Trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter Friday, the New Hope High School boys basketball team needed to respond to Oxford High's physicality. The Trojans trailed the entire quarter, had five turnovers, and were struggling to get to the basket past forward D.K. Metcalf. That's when Toddy Jennings showed up.



Ready's play in final minute lifts MSU

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready was true to his last name. Catching a pass from teammate Fred Thomas with 47 seconds left Saturday, the Mississippi State men's basketball team's point guard took a deep breath and fired a tie-breaking 3-pointer. Forty seconds later, Ready added two free throws to preserve a 57-54 win against Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum. The win was MSU's first in the Southeastern Conference this season.



Heck provides it all for MSU

Posted 1/17/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Life can be daunting for a freshman baseball player in the Southeastern Conference. So when Ryan Gridley, a middle infielder from Macon, Georgia, arrived at Mississippi State last fall, he was looking for help. That help arrived in the form of MSU's team captain.



LSU edges No. 15 MSU in 2OT thriller

Posted 1/16/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One more play. With a four-point lead and 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining in double overtime, the Mississippi State women's basketball team was again on the cusp of beating LSU for a pivotal Southeastern Conference home victory. All it needed was to get one more rebound, or one to make one more free throw, or to execute one more time against the press or in its half-court offense to get over the proverbial hump. Instead, LSU trumped No. 15 MSU and made two plays in a 45-second span that sent it on its way to a 71-69 victory before a season-high crowd of 4,727 at Humphrey Coliseum.



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