KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After playing its best first half of the season, the Mississippi State women's basketball team couldn't duplicate that feat and fell victim to an 18-0 run that buoyed the No. 5 University of Tennessee to an 81-55 Southeastern Conference victory Thursday night in Thompson-Boling Arena.
Erica Shepherd had plenty of possible outs.
One Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science soccer team might have a little more motivation than the other Thursday night in their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A-2A-3A playoff openers. But both teams played with equal amounts of intensity, which is why they earned the right to keep their seasons alive.
The combination of Alex Ramos and Christian Silva proved to be a little too much for the New Hope High School boys soccer team to contain Thursday night. Silva had two goals, while Ramos had a goal and two assists to lift Hernando to a 3-2 victory in the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoff game.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike most of his senior teammates, Jaquez Johnson's college football future remains uncertain. The Starkville High School quarterback has seen his college recruitment move at a slower pace than expected following a breakout year in which he scored 31 touchdowns.
STARKVILLE -- Soccer teams from Laurel to DeSoto and from Vicksburg to Columbus will join local teams at the Sportsplex at Lynn Lane on Saturday and Sunday for the Third Annual Frostbite Challenge Tournament for Division II teams in the state of Mississippi.
GOODMAN -- Sophomore guard Deonte Alexander nailed a game-winning buzzer-beater from beyond halfcourt Thursday night to give the No. 15 East Mississippi Community College men's basketball team a 68-67 victory against Holmes C.C. at Frank Branch Coliseum.
OXFORD -- After committing just five turnovers in the first half, the University of Mississipi women's basketball team turned the ball over 18 times in the second half and went on to lose to No. 17 Kentucky 74-68 Thursday night.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Senior Tierney Jenkins and freshman Kaneisha Horn combined for 35 points, but it wasn't enough as the University of Alabama women's basketball team fell to Florida 70-64 Thursday night at the O'Connell Center.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury didn't get the result he wanted Thursday, but he was happy to see his team play better. MSU improved its rebounding, raised its bench production and saw leading scorer Ravern Johnson snap out of a scoring funk with 19 points against No. 19 Vanderbilt. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, an eight-point second half lead was wasted before falling to their second-straight defeat, 81-74.
Pat Summitt knows what it means to be tough. Growing up, Summitt was bloodied, knocked down, battered and bruised playing basketball with her three older brothers. The lessons Summitt learned -- "You can't be a sissy and play this game" -- steeled her resolve and have helped her become the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, men or women, in any division.
It's crunch time for the Mississippi State men's basketball team. MSU will play host to No. 19 Vanderbilt tonight on ESPN2.
STARKVILLE -- Coming off a 2010 campaign in which the Mississippi State football team earned nine victories, another Egg Bowl win, and drubbed the University of Michigan in the Gator Bowl on New Year's Day, the Bulldogs will continue their momentum on National Signing Day on Feb. 2. Coach Dan Mullen and several assistants will travel to five locations to speak and to interact with supporters around the state of Mississippi.
OXFORD -- Effie Morrison helped the New Hope High School girls soccer team keep its season alive -- and make history. Morrison's goal in the third minute of the first 10-minute overtime period Wednesday night lifted New Hope to a 3-2 victory against Oxford in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State playoffs.
Kye Van Someren feels the Caledonia High School boys soccer team is ready. The Confederates are rested after rain forced their Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 4A North State playoff game to be postponed. They also have motivation after letting a two-goal lead against district rival Amory slip away last week. The team's 4-2 loss cost it a chance at a district title and an opportunity to play host to a first-round playoff match. But a clean slate awaits at 6 tonight when Caledonia (13-5) will play at West Lauderdale in its postseason opener.
Kelsei Ewings is a hard to contain. The West Point High School senior has a smooth handle with either handle and shooting range that extends beyond the 3-point arc. The 5-foot-4 guard also isn't afraid to throw her body into the fray for rebounds against bigger bodies.
The New Hope High School boys basketball team hasn't had the biggest or the fastest or the most talented array of players the past two seasons. But the Trojans have made up for what they have lacked in those areas with a gritty, never-say-die mentality that has fueled their success. On Tuesday, New Hope coach Drew McBrayer saw signs that his latest team might have found that same mentality.
WEST POINT -- It was just a matter of time Tuesday before the Rachel Hollivay effect wore down Oak Hill Academy's girls basketball team. The Heritage Academy center made just 3 of 13 shots in the first half and saw her team trail 17-14 at halftime. What the Lady Patriots had failed to do in their four previous games, including a 19-point loss to the Lady Raiders, was effectively close games. At the center of Heritage Academy's attack, Hollivay had triple double and scored the go-ahead basket Tuesday night in a 40-38 overtime win against Oak Hill.
When shooters are "on" their "stroke" makes them feel like they can hit any shot from any spot on the floor. To get to that point where a shot becomes second nature, players often have to shoot hundreds -- if not thousands -- of shots before and/or after practice to become a sniper. Natalie Tate is working toward that goal, but she admits she has to develop the consistency she and her coach desire.
C.J. Johnson is comfortably a Rebel. The Philadelphia High School linebacker, blue-chip recruit, and All-American is the state's top-rated defensive player. He was Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen's second commitment in the fall of 2009. But Tuesday he confirmed he'll sign with the University of Mississippi on National Signing Day Feb. 2.
1. MSU women beat No. 17 West Virginia COLLEGE SPORTS
2. 5 for Inside for Vanderbilt-Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Skinner's big shots pushes Starkville past West Point HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU focused on Vanderbilt COLLEGE SPORTS
5. West Point gets second chance vs. Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS