STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray is getting used to Craig Sword contributing in other ways than scoring. Following a victory against Maryland-Eastern Shore in which Sword attempted three shots, Ray said he wasn't comfortable with the Mississippi State men's basketball team's leading scorer not playing a big role in the team's offense.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team erased a nine-point second-half deficit to win its first Southeastern Conference game of the season Sunday afternoon.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Shafontaye Myers and Daisha Simmons combined to score 51 points Sunday to lead the Alabama women's basketball team to a 93-79 victory against Ole Miss at Foster Auditorium.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray's words didn't fall on deaf ears Saturday. After Ray spoke all week about the Mississippi State men's basketball team's "bugaboo" of second-half collapses, the second-year head coach watched MSU finish in strong fashion for a 76-72 win in front of a season-high crowd of 8,841 at Humphrey Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Charlie Henderson fits in nicely for an outcast. The Starkville High School senior really isn't that different from his teammates on the school's boys soccer team. The difference that sets Henderson apart from most of the other Yellow Jackets is his lack of club soccer experience. While many of the Starkville High players have spent many years together on travel teams building their chemistry, Henderson has been relatively new to the party.
STARKVILLE -- It's always important to get noticed At 6-foot-5, Chinwe Okorie will find it easier to attract attention than some of her Mississippi State women's basketball teammates. But just because Okorie is MSU's biggest player this season doesn't mean it has been easy for her to get people to talk about her on game days.
STARKVILLE -- Throw out the first half. As far as Mary Nagy is concerned, don't put too much stock into her team's first 40 minutes Saturday against Starkville. After arriving home from Philadelphia at 12:30 a.m. Saturday following a key region victory against Neshoba Central, Nagy and assistant coach Will Taylor didn't feel New Hope did any of the things it works on every day at practice.
Labels don't matter to IJ Ready, especially when it's time to win a game against an archrival. With Ole Miss threatening to steal a game, the Mississippi State freshman point guard gathered his four teammates for a inspirational speech. The leadership Ready showed that is normally reserved for older players helped MSU close out 76-72 victory before a season-high crowd of 8,841 at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Columbus High School girls basketball team was in danger of falling to 0-4 in district play entering its game against Madison Central on Friday.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia's Charles Mann said there was an important lesson in the men's basketball team's ability to overcome its poor shooting against Alabama. "Defense wins games," Mann said.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High boys basketball coach Greg Carter never has worried about his team's enthusiasm on game day. The Yellow Jackets have been known for dominating starts to games this season.
Alabama hired former Southern California coach Lane Kiffin on Friday as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kiffin returns to the Southeastern Conference after head coaching stints with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Tennessee, and the Trojans. He replaces Doug Nussmeier, who left Alabama for Michigan.
STARKVILLE -- There is a fine line between being persistent and being annoying.
STARKVILLE - Only one guarantee with the Ole Miss men's basketball team without Marshall Henderson is about 15-20 shots per game have to be accounted for somebody else.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis is leaving his position with the Bulldogs program to take a similar job at Connecticut.
STARKVILLE -- The "monster" has been as scary and as imposing as Vic Schaefer thought it would.
STARKVILLE - Nick Mingione and Ben Bracewell were convinced they knew what it meant to feel fortunate at what they have in this country and at Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Rebuilding versus reloading. That is the philosophical difference between what Rick Ray is doing with the Mississippi State men's basketball program and what Kentucky is doing under coach John Calipari.
Disciplined. Fiery. Organized. Detail-oriented. Those are some of the qualities Randal Montgomery could bring to Columbus High School as its new football coach.
The Starkville Academy girls basketball team hasn't lost to archrival Heritage Academy in better than seven seasons. Senior Sallie Kate Richardson made sure that streak remained alive Tuesday night. Richardson had two critical blocked shots and the Lady Volunteers had four total in overtime as they escaped with a 52-42 victory.
1. VCA boys basketball team wins ACAA title HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Heritage Academy boys soccer rolls past Bayou Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Holman's status unclear for tonight's game COLLEGE SPORTS
4. MSU men stun Texas A&M in College Station COLLEGE SPORTS
5. New Hope edges Ripley in Class 4A playoff thriller HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS