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.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State volleyball has a new leader. David McFatrich, who led Central Arkansas to two NCAA tournament appearances in four season as coach, was announced Monday as MSU's next coach.
OXFORD -- Behind a record-setting game from junior guard Gracie Frizzell, the Ole Miss women's basketball team cruised to a 77-63 victory against Alabama on Sunday afternoon at Tad Smith Coliseum.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team's best start in history came to a halt Sunday at the hands of a hot-shooting Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt shot 62.9 percent from the field and claimed a 78-62 victory against No. 14 MSU in a Southeastern Conference game at Memorial Gym.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alabama coach Anthony Grant wasn't aware of what his defense had pulled off until just after Saturday's win against Tennessee.
STARKVILLE - Four years ago, Benardrick McKinney was a lightly recruited high school quarterback from a tiny high school in the Delta with just one major scholarship offer under his belt.
STARKVILLE -- A year ago, the Mississippi State women's basketball team relied on newcomer Savannah Carter for a spark.
STARKVILLE -- Stat stuffers don't care how their lines in the final boxscore look. After all, if players who fill numerous columns with crooked numbers are doing their jobs, their team's total in bold at the bottom of the page is going to be bigger than the opponent's. Dominique Dillingham's numbers Thursday were far from the biggest on the final statistics for the No. 14 Mississippi State women's basketball team's 72-57 victory against Arkansas. But none of the 3,556 in attendance at Humphrey Coliseum would deny Dillingham had perhaps the biggest impact in helping MSU push its season-opening winning streak to 18. In the process, MSU made another piece of history in opening Southeastern Conference play 3-0 for the first time.
STARKVILLE -- With the sting still fresh from a conference-opening loss to Tennessee on Wednesday night, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Ray was asked about his team's chances to reverse its fortunes Saturday at Florida. Ray wasn't glowing about his team's prospects at 6 p.m. Saturday at the O'Connell Center.
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