Sharon Fanning-Otis is sticking with the plan. Hearing her talk about toughness, focus, rebounding, turnovers, and togetherness might be getting old, but the Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows good things will happen for her team the more it embraces each of those concepts.
STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School fast-pitch softball team won six games last season to take a major step forward. Third-year Starkville coach Mimi Milling's job now is to make sure the wheels keep turning. In the past, Milling hasn't had experienced seniors who are used to her style of coaching. She has witnessed players leave the program and has struggled to find a dedicated core to lay a solid foundation. With eight seniors this season, she thinks double-digit wins and a trip to the playoffs are within reach.
OXFORD -- Zach Graham has spent the majority of his career as a complementary player, content to knock down a few shots, play tough defense and do the things that usually go unnoticed in a box score or by the casual observer.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant doesn't want to talk about the Crimson Tide threatening to run away with a division basketball title. He also isn't particularly interested in addressing the turnaround the Alabama has made in his second season, because it's not over yet.
Rachel Hollivay is getting better every day. Even though the Heritage Academy junior admits she isn't 100 percent, her ability to affect a game still remains high.
MABEN -- A 35-point effort by forward Kendrin Yates and a well executed full-court press pushed the West Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team to a 68-63 victory against Shaw in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 1A North State tournament.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari had seen enough. The University of Kentucky men's basketball coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a full-court press.
CRAWFORD -- A team with twice as many losses as wins is bound to have shaky moments. For much of the season, the East Oktibbeha County High School boys basketball team had too many to win consistently.
ABERDEEN -- Absent its usually potent outside game, the Aberdeen High School boys basketball team looked inside for its scoring punch Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- The only solace Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury can take in trying to rebound from a loss at the University of Kentucky is the Wildcats' current run of form. Losers of three of their last four games, Kentucky (17-7, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) will play host to MSU (13-11, 5-5) at 6 tonight (ESPN) in a rematch of last year's SEC tournament title game.
WEST POINT -- The West Point High School girls basketball team's season ended Monday with a 67-48 loss to Indianola Gentry in the first round of the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A North State tournament.
Andy Kennedy and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team are in a familiar position. At this point in each of Kennedy's five years in Oxford, the Rebels have been in the middle of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division.
GREENWOOD -- Christibeth Nelson had 13 points Monday night, but the Heritage Academy girls basketball team lost to Pillow Academy 50-35 in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class AAA, Division II tournament.
STARKVILLE -- The focus and toughness to win in the Southeastern Conference was on display Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. Unfortunately, the Mississippi State women's basketball team had to watch as South Carolina played with the poise and tenacity it takes to contend in one of the nation's toughest conferences.
STARKVILLE -- Approximately $30,000 dollars was raised Saturday in support of former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy. The "Do It For Duffy" committee raised close to $15,000 in a 5-Kilometer run Saturday morning and another $15,000 from a silent/live auction at MSU's First Pitch/Meet the Team event.
OXFORD -- After leading the majority of the game, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team saw the No. 24 University of Georgia take the lead with 9 minutes, 55 seconds remaining en route to a 61-56 victory in a Southeastern Conference game at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior forward Tierney Jenkins scored a game-high 18 points Sunday afternoon to lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team to a 64-59 win against the University of Florida in its first game at newly renovated Foster Auditorium. Junior guard Ericka Russell and freshman forward Kaneisha Horn each scored 12 points as the Crimson Tide notched their first victory in the historic building since last playing here Dec. 3, 1981.
AUBURN, Ala. -- A Kodi Augustus dunk gave Mississippi State its biggest lead of the day in the second half against Auburn on Saturday night. But an Augustus technical later in the half seemed to breathe life into a Tigers squad that looked to be limping its way to yet another Southeastern Conference loss.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team responded following a short turnaround from a difficult road loss by racing to a big lead, drilling 3-pointers and scoring on quick drives to the basket. Tony Mitchell scored 20 points and the Crimson Tide sprinted to a 20-point halftime lead before holding off the University of Mississippi's comeback attempt in a 74-64 victory Saturday.
OXFORD -- The building blocks are coming more regularly and for longer stretches of time for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. The nagging problem, though, remains how to shake the scoring lulls from the team's system.