Martha Alwal is discovering life as a prospective professional athlete can make you feel like you're in a whirlwind. In a five-day span in the past two weeks, the Mississippi State senior center went from anxious to disappointed to excited -- without hearing her name called in the WNBA draft.
STARKVILLE -- For the better part of the past four years, five-star guard Malik Newman, the state of Mississippi's highest-ranked basketball prospect in more than a decade, has heard recruiting pitches from countless major college basketball programs. It took new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland less than a month to make him a Bulldog.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The Mississippi State baseball team used a strong pitching performance by four players Sunday in a 2-1 victory against No. 25 Arkansas in the final game of a three-game Southeastern Conference weekend series at Baum Stadium. Austin Sexton (4-4) went the first six innings before giving way to Trevor Fitts, Daniel Brown, and Zac Houston to help MSU (23-21, 7-14 SEC) avoid the sweep.
STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mackenzie Toler's two-run home run with one out in the ninth inning Sunday lifted the Mississippi State softball team to a 7-5 victory against Georgia Southern at Eagle Field. MSU swept the two-game series to improve to 34-16, while Georgia Southern slipped to 12-35.
STARKVILLE - West Point High basketball coach Brad Cox believes he had a great team in 2014, one of the best in school history.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith rarely does anything without a smile.
With one glance underneath a table at his commitment ceremony on Friday afternoon, five-star guard Malik Newman may have changed the fortunes of Mississippi State's basketball program.
The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges and Junior Colleges (MACJC) softball playoffs will have plenty of spice from the Golden Triangle to liven things up.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball team has no choice now. If a seaon-saving turnaround is going to happen, it's going to have to happen on the road.
Doubt doesn't come easily for Austin Braddock.
For Jay Hughes, the days are different now. And they are the same.
Taylor Baudoin's dream wasn't to be an OK player.
OXFORD -- Scoring 14 runs in the first two innings, the Ole Miss baseball team defeated Central Arkansas 18-4 on Tuesday at Swayze Field. The 18 runs were a season high for the Rebels (21-20), who kicked off a five-game homestand with a win against the Bears (19-15).
STARKVILLE -- Trevor Fitts and John Holland haven't given up on this Mississippi State baseball team. With the regular season winding to a close and MSU reeling from being swept by then-No. 8 Florida, Fitts and Holland were asked Saturday about MSU's postseason possibilities. "I know we are running out of games," Fitts said. "But I really feel like we're right there. I really like this team. I know we are not showing it at all times, but I think we've got a good team. If we put ourselves in such a hole that we will have to win the SEC tournament just to get a bid, then that's what we will have to do. I think we can do it."
STARKVILLE -- Jason Ludwig has joined Ben Howland's men's basketball staff at Mississippi State as director of operations. Ludwig spent the past two seasons in the same capacity at Arizona State. Ludwig and Howland know each other well, as Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles, including the director of scouting and player development positions he held from 2009-13.
STARKVILLE -- After two years away from the game, new Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland found himself in an interesting spot last weekend. Donning maroon and white for the first time, Howland won his first game at MSU on a touchdown pass.
STARKVILLE -- After sitting out his first season with the Mississippi State's men's basketball program due to injury, forward Johnny Zuppardo's off-court struggles continued last weekend.
STARKVILLE -- The No. 12 Tennessee softball team hit five home runs in a 15-hit attack Sunday en route to a 16-8 victory against Mississippi State in six innings before a crowd of 1,089 at the MSU Softball Field. Megan Geer was 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBIs to help Tennessee (35-11, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) sweep the three-game weekend series.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State pitcher Austin Sexton missed his target by six inches. Florida first baseman Peter Alonso hit the mistake more than 400 feet. It was that kind of weekend for MSU's baseball team. Alonso, a junior who has battled injury for much of the season, hit two home runs and had four RBIs as part of a season-high four-hit day in No. 8 Florida's 10-5 victory Sunday at Dudy Noble Field.
Super Bulldog Weekend was memorable for the Mississippi State women's basketball team even though it didn't see any action. While MSU didn't take the court, coach Vic Schaefer and his coaches and players were busy playing host to recruits they hoped to add to another nationally ranked recruiting class. MSU received the news it wanted to hear Sunday, when 6-foot-7 Teaira McCowan and Oklahoma State transfer Roshunda Johnson, a 5-7 guard, signed on to join Schaefer's program.
1. Getting to the point: Newman buys into Howland's plan COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Prep Softball: Caledonia advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. New Hope baseball advances in playoffs HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4. MSU's Alwal signs contract with WNBA's Atlanta Dream COLLEGE SPORTS
5. MSU's Smith anticipates draft call COLLEGE SPORTS