Breanna Richardson knew there would be a lot to learn as a freshman. In addition to having to adjust to the rigors of college studies, Richardson also realized she was going to take on a new role on the basketball court.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray knew his scouting report wasn't understood and likely would be executed poorly. Hours before MSU's game against Alabama on Wednesday night, Ray saw mannerisms and attitudes in the team's shoot-around at Coleman Coliseum that made him believe his team wasn't mentally ready for a Southeastern Conference road game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mississippi State freshman point guard IJ Ready suffered his second injury of the season Wednesday night. With 9 minutes, 12 seconds left in the first half, Ready's head hit the Coleman Coliseum floor after he took a charge on Alabama center Carl Engstrom The Little Rock, Ark., native didn't return to the game.
OXFORD -- Marshall Henderson curled around a screen a few feet behind the 3-point line with two LSU defenders draped all over him. The Ole Miss guard wasn't open. Not even close. But he leapt into the air and let one fly anyway.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State sophomore Benardrick McKinney confirmed Wednesday what Dan Mullen expected. McKinney, the Bulldogs' starting middle linebacker, announced he will bypass the NFL draft in April and return to Starkville for his junior season.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football program has lost another assistant coach from its football staff. New Texas football coach Charlie Strong announced Wednesday that former MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning has joined his coaching staff as wide receivers coach.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has come to a agreement with its new strength and conditioning coach.
STARKVILLE -- Two teams with completely diverse scheduling philosophies for the 2013 non-conference portion of the their seasons hope their strategy has adequately prepared them for a Southeastern Conference men's basketball showdown tonight.
STARKVILLE -- If there's one player that's single-handedly keeping his team above the bottom of the Southeastern Conference, it's Alabama guard Trevor Releford.
College basketball players transferring to different schools isn't new.
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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
1. Season opener at Columbus Speedway a success LOCAL SPORTS
2. Tennessee routs No. 3 Mississippi State COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Tennessee's win against MSU flips script LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Starkville Academy boys fall in state title game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS