STARKVILLE -- For a season that began with uncertainty, Mississippi State point guard I.J. Ready is looking pretty sure of himself on the court these days.
STARKVILLE -- Preston Smith never had a day off. That exactly the way the Mississippi State football team's senior defensive lineman wanted it. Smith, the team leader in sacks and tackles for loss in 2014, didn't return from Florida following a 49-34 loss to Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, 2014. Instead, he stayed in the Sunshine State to begin preparations for a career in the NFL.
STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is playing with an urgency that shows she understands she could have only 11 games left in her college career. The Mississippi State women's basketball team needed its senior guard to play with that attacking mind-set on offense. On an afternoon where little came easily, Grant poured in a game- and season-high 17 points Sunday to lead No. 15 MSU to a 66-50 victory against Alabama in a Southeastern Conference game before a crowd of 4,557 at Humphrey Coliseum.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The East Mississippi Community College cheerleading team finished sixth in the open co-ed division at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) this past weekend at the HP Field House within the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Courtney Williams had a game-high 21 points Sunday to lead the No. 11 Texas A&M women's basketball team to a 58-49 victory against Ole Miss in a Southeastern Conference game at Reed Arena.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Andy Kennedy has enjoyed coaching in Bud Walton Arena more than most. The Ole Miss men's basketball coach continued his mastery at Arkansas on Saturday night, as Stefan Moody had 18 points to lead five players in double figures in Ole Miss' 96-82 victory against No. 19 Arkansas.
Trailing by three points at the end of the first quarter Friday, the New Hope High School boys basketball team needed to respond to Oxford High's physicality. The Trojans trailed the entire quarter, had five turnovers, and were struggling to get to the basket past forward D.K. Metcalf. That's when Toddy Jennings showed up.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready was true to his last name. Catching a pass from teammate Fred Thomas with 47 seconds left Saturday, the Mississippi State men's basketball team's point guard took a deep breath and fired a tie-breaking 3-pointer. Forty seconds later, Ready added two free throws to preserve a 57-54 win against Vanderbilt at Humphrey Coliseum. The win was MSU's first in the Southeastern Conference this season.
STARKVILLE -- Life can be daunting for a freshman baseball player in the Southeastern Conference. So when Ryan Gridley, a middle infielder from Macon, Georgia, arrived at Mississippi State last fall, he was looking for help. That help arrived in the form of MSU's team captain.
STARKVILLE -- One more play. With a four-point lead and 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining in double overtime, the Mississippi State women's basketball team was again on the cusp of beating LSU for a pivotal Southeastern Conference home victory. All it needed was to get one more rebound, or one to make one more free throw, or to execute one more time against the press or in its half-court offense to get over the proverbial hump. Instead, LSU trumped No. 15 MSU and made two plays in a 45-second span that sent it on its way to a 71-69 victory before a season-high crowd of 4,727 at Humphrey Coliseum.
OXFORD -- The Ole Miss women's basketball team closed the game with an 8-0 run in the final 2 minutes, 13 seconds Thursday to beat No. 18 Georgia 55-52 at Tad Smith Coliseum. The victory was the program's first against a team ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 since the 2010-11 season, and also snapped a 24-game losing streak to AP-ranked opponents.
STARKVILLE -- The 2014-15 season isn't about wins and losses for Mississippi State guard Craig Sword. It's about becoming himself again. That's the battle Sword, who led MSU in scoring (13.7 points per game as a sophomore, is fighting as he recovers from offseason back surgery that sidelined him for the first four games of the season. So far, the ultra-athletic, 6-foot-3, 196-pound shooting guard from Montgomery, Alabama, hasn't found his scoring touch or swagger.
OXFORD -- Keith Hornsby doesn't have a pretty 3-point shot. With a hitch in his motion, a long windup, and a low arc, Hornsby's shooting technique gets the basketball to the rim in a hurry. But the 6-foot-4 junior guard isn't interested in style. Hornsby prefers results, and he provided plenty of those Wednesday night, scoring 20 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the LSU men's basketball team past Ole Miss 75-71 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks' exploits as a high school player attracted plenty of attention from college coaches. But Eubanks, who was named NSCAA Kentucky High School Player of the Year as a senior, didn't feel she had made a name for herself at the national level as she prepared for her freshman season at Mississippi State. That could be changing very soon.
STARKVILLE -- The most telling part of Dak Prescott's press conference Wednesday, the one that saw the Mississippi State quarterback announce he would return to school for his senior season, was where he went when it was over. After making his announcement and answering questions from reporters, Prescott ducked out of the media room at MSU's Seal Football Complex and headed downstairs to a team meeting.
STARKVILLE -- Morgan William sat silently and shook her head. The Mississippi State 5-foot-5 point guard was affirming coach Vic Schaefer's assessment of her performance Sunday in a 78-62 loss at Vanderbilt. Even though William agreed with Schaefer that she didn't play well, she didn't like doing it.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State fans won't have to wait much longer to find out about the future of quarterback Dak Prescott. Prescott, a redshirt junior from Haughton, Louisiana, who broke 12 school records this season, will hold a will hold a news conference at 1:30 today in the MSU Seal Football Complex to announce his decision. Reports from multiple media outlets Tuesday night said Prescott planned to return for his senior season.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- The Texas A&M men's basketball team saved its best free-throw shooting for when it mattered most. Texas A&M missed 13 free throws before sinking 11 of 14 in the final minute to fend off a late surge from Mississippi State and hold on for a 74-70 win Tuesday night.
STARKVILLE -- David McFatrich knows how to build a winning program. When Steven McRoberts hired McFatrich as an assistant volleyball coach at Central Arkansas in 2007, McFatrich knew a foundation needed to be laid to help the Sugar Bears become competitive in the Southland Conference and relevant on the national scene.
STARKVILLE -- Rick Ray won't pretend the numbers are pretty. With his team having lost eight of its past 10 games, the Mississippi State third-year men's basketball coach was asked to pinpoint where things have gone wrong. Ray didn't hesitate.
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