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MSU softball team looks for more key hits against No. 11 Alabama

Posted 3/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After a disappointing season, a veteran coach always looks for a sign the next season will be different. Mississippi State softball coach Vann Stuedeman received that sign last Friday when her team opened Southeastern Conference play with a 5-2 victory against then-No. 6 Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

 

 

Alabama wins, Ole Miss loses in WNIT

Posted 3/17/2017 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Junior Ashley Williams had 19 points and 12 rebounds Thursday night to lead the Alabama women's basketball team to an 81-57 victory against Mercer in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament at Coleman Coliseum. With the win, the Crimson Tide (20-13) secured its first 20-win season since the 1998-99 campaign.

 

 

Northern Iowa wants to make most of NCAA tournament invite

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Merit from this season aside, history wasn't on Northern Iowa's side. Before this season, the Missouri Valley Conference earned more than one bid to the NCAA women's basketball tournament 10 times and hadn't accomplished the feat in the last three seasons. Forgetting that UNI had two top-25 Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) wins and eight top-100 RPI opponents, it had to question its postseason fate after losing to Drake in overtime on Sunday in the championship game of the league tournament.

 

 

Schulte has emerged as scoring leader for DePaul

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The reigning Big East Conference Player of the Year described herself as a role player. Her head coach saw right through it.

 

 

Troy eager to accomplish something special against MSU

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Breaking records has become the norm in the Troy University women's basketball program. The Trojans have won 20 or more games in three-consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. They also have led the Sun Belt Conference in scoring each of the last five seasons.

 

 

Faster pace awaits MSU against Troy in first round of NCAAs

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Up-tempo games don't faze Vic Schaefer. In fact, the Mississippi State women's basketball coach offered a warning Thursday to opponents that think his team won't be able to keep pace in up-and-down action.

 

 

Rigby's fast-paced style helps transform Troy

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

Get your stopwatch out. Go. Count to seven. Shoot. Stop. Repeat. Chanda Rigby knows that isn't a conventional pattern for success as a basketball coach. But Rigby wanted to create a system that made the game exciting in her new job at Troy University, so she decided to install a fast-paced style of play patterned after Dave Arsenault's Division III Grinnell College men's basketball team.

 

 

Valuing basketball key to Northern Iowa's success

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

Value the basketball. It sounds like a simple concept, but that mantra is at the heart of everything the Northern Iowa women's basketball team does. That mind-set helps explain how a team that is 229th in the nation in field goal percentage (38.6 percent) is still alive to be a part of March Madness.

 

 

Rooker fueling Bulldogs' attack

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- If one sees Brent Rooker pacing in the dugout in between at-bats, it's not because he's nervous. The gesture is part of a routine that is working.

 

 

Timing paved way for DePaul's Bruno to get into coaching

Posted 3/16/2017 in College Sports

Like many aspiring basketball players, Doug Bruno thought he was going to move on to a career in the NBA. As a player for DePaul men's basketball coach Ray Meyer, Bruno and his teammates had an advantage in that the NBA's Chicago Bulls practiced in the Blue Demons' gym, so Bruno had a chance to go against greats like Jerry Sloan and Norn Van Lier.

 

 

MSU baseball knocks off Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Three hours before taking the mound for his first collegiate starting pitching appearance, Jake Mangum was in the dugout with a bat in his hand, practicing his swing piece by piece.

 

 

MSU notebook: Bullpen roles still unsettled heading into conference play

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Back in February, Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro could look forward to Southeastern Conference play as a far away object, one which gave him plenty of time to decide bullpen roles.

 

 

Anticipation builds for MSU women's basketball regional play

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The line said it all.

 

MSU baseball team wins two Sunday

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The feeling around the Mississippi State baseball team was noticeably more optimistic Sunday following a 5-4 victory against Columbia and an 8-6 victory against South Alabama at Dudy Noble Field. The victories helped MSU (10-6) improve to 6-5 in games decided by three or fewer runs.

MSU women will play host to Troy in first round of NCAA tournament

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The work started at 6:36 p.m. Monday. Within minutes of learning the second-seeded Mississippi State women's basketball team would play 15th-seeded Troy at 1:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN2) in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Skylar Collins, the squad's director of scouting and video coordinator, was compiling clips and video of the Trojans as well as seventh-seeded DePaul and 10th-seeded Northern Iowa, the other teams slated to come to Starkville.

Old Waverly will play host to 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship

Posted 3/14/2017 in Local Sports

FAR HILLS, N.J. -- The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced Tuesday that Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point will play host to the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship on Aug. 5-11, 2019.

 

MSU baseball team makes do with shuffled lineup

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State baseball coach Andy Cannizaro asked Brent Rooker at 6:30 a.m. Monday to do something he hadn't done all season: play first base. Rooker agreed because MSU's injuries have expanded from its pitching staff to its position players.

 

West Point, Starkville girls basketball teams finish banner seasons

Posted 3/14/2017 in Local Columns

JACKSON When the West Point High School girls basketball team defeated No. 1 West Jones in its first game at the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A state tournament, West Point coach Dashmond Daniel received a congratulatory text from Starkville girls coach Kristie Williams.

 

Ole Miss, Alabama, Southern Mississippi will play in WNIT

Posted 3/14/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss, Alabama, and Southern Mississippi women's basketball teams were selected Monday to participate in the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

 

 

MSU women earn No. 2 seed, will face Troy on Friday

Posted 3/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament on Monday night and will play host to 15th-seeded Troy at 1:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN2) in the first round at Humphrey Coliseum. Seventh-seeded DePaul will take on 10th-seeded Northern Iowa at 11 a.m. Friday (ESPN2) in the first game of the doubleheader.

 

 

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