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MSU's Johnson has changed roles, on verge of 1,000

Posted 2/9/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The number is imposing. Diamber Johnson doesn't remember the shot that helped her eclipse the 2,000-point mark in high school, but she knows it came in the "Big House," or the Mississippi Coliseum, in Jackson. Johnson also doesn't know where she will hit her next milestone.



Quick turnarounds part of fun for SEC men

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- No matter the result, Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury will leave Humphrey Coliseum arm in arm with his wife, Meo. As he walks out the front door, the arm and hand that isn't wrapped around his wife likely will have a scouting report or a video of the University of Georgia basketball program in it. Less than 48 hours after No. 20 MSU (18-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) finishes its game against the University of Mississippi at 6 p.m. Thursday (ESPN2), it will have to prepare for another SEC home matchup.



Stuedeman plans to use plenty of lineups in first season

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University softball coach Vann Stuedeman has been reluctant in the preseason to name a starting lineup. Don't look for that to change in her first season as head coach at MSU.



Fans vote on MSU men's basketball team's top five players, games

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The fans have spoken to complete the biggest component of Mississippi State University's 100 Years of Basketball celebration. On Tuesday, the final tabulations for the "Starting 5" and "Top 5 Games" as voted on by the fans were compiled, and it's an all-star cast with countless achievements and accolades that received the most votes.



Green, Alabama rout Auburn

Posted 2/8/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- The shorthanded University of Alabama men's basketball team made a little history against Auburn University. JaMychal Green scored 19 points, Trevor Releford added 15 to help Alabama race to a 68-50 win on Tuesday night.



Stansbury hopes to get more from Smith

Posted 2/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It was almost as if Shaun Smith had to walk up to his coach, shake his head, and re-introduce himself. After having major hip surgery and rehabilitating from that injury this fall, Mississippi State University sophomore guard Shaun Smith admitted Monday he felt like a forgotten man on the MSU men's basketball team.



MSU may have surge in power this season

Posted 2/7/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen preaches the fundamentals every day in practice at Dudy Noble Field, he anticipates his 2012 team will be able to offer something different, especially in batting practice. One player who will command attention is Hunter Renfroe, a 6-foot-2, 211-pounder who attracts attention from fans and teammates every time he steps in the batting cage.



Alabama will take on Auburn without Mtchell

Posted 2/7/2012 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn University men's basketball coach Tony Barbee insists the absence of University of Alabama standout Tony Mitchell won't have a big impact on tonight's rivalry game.



Vanderbilt women execute down stretch to beat MSU

Posted 2/5/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nearly a year later, the Mississippi State women's basketball team is in an eerily similar position.



MSU Basketball Notebook: Smith produces off bench

Posted 2/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State University men's basketball coaches have been concerned about the number of minutes freshman Rodney Hood has been playing at small forward On Saturday in a 91-88 victory against Auburn University, sophomore Shaun Smith showcased an ability to fill a five- to eight-minute role off the bench at that position.



Johnson out to put MSU back on track

Posted 2/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Diamber Johnson is re-energized. Now that her mother is back home after suffering a heart attack nearly two weeks ago, the senior guard wants to make the most of the rest of her senior season. The Mississippi State women's basketball team hopes it isn't too late.



Bulldogs hold off late Auburn rally

Posted 2/4/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior point guard Dee Bost finally admitted Saturday he's not enjoying tension-filled home wins. With 3:29 left in a tight Southeastern Conference battle, Bost had just as good a seat as anybody else at Humphrey Coliseum after he fouled out for the first time this season with 15 points and seven assists.



ANSWERING THE CALL: Crowder enjoying first season as 'Voice of the Lady Bulldogs'

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

French Camp native Jason Crowder is in his first season as play-by-play voice of the Mississippi State University women's basketball team on the Bulldog Sports Network. A graduate of French Camp Academy and MSU, Crowder is the sports programming director at WFCA-FM, a 100,000-watt station on the campus of French Camp Academy in Choctaw County.



Schuessler joins MSU quarterback group

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The path that led Nick Schuessler to become the newest signal caller at Mississippi State was anything but direct. The Bulldogs, who through most of the fall had junior Tyler Russell, redshirt freshman Dak Prescott and recently transferred Dylan Favre on the roster, signed one of the best in Georgia Wednesday when they inked the 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback from state champion Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.



Hood, Bulldogs feel motivated by three-game homestand

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Rodney Hood sat down to watch the tape of Mississippi State's 69-57 loss at Florida this past week in Gainesville and almost couldn't recognize the player wear No. 4 for the Bulldogs. "I watched the replay of the Florida game and I was very disappointed in the way I played," Hood said. "I didn't have a bad game but I could have been more assertive."



Nilsson has MSU men's tennis back on national scene

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- While serving as an assistant coach at Pepperdine University, Per Nilsson always followed results in the Southeastern Conference and tracked his alma mater, MSU. While Pepperdine was in the midst of winning 17 straight West Conference titles and the 2006 national championship, Nilsson was saddened that his alma mater had fallen on hard times.



Stropp will lead MSU men's tennis into home opener

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- When Mississippi State University sophomore Malte Stropp saw MSU assistant men's tennis coach Matt Hill at one of his matches in Germany, he knew Starkville would be a great place to call home.



Georgia women hand MSU its third straight loss

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Khaalidah Miller shook off a two-game shooting slump as she and teammate Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points each to lead the No. 21 University of Georgia women's basketball team to a 70-60 victory against Mississippi State 70-60 on Thursday night, ending a two-game losing streak.



Kentucky women rout Ole Miss; Alabama loses

Posted 2/3/2012 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Already a key player down, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team could only watch the problems mount as the University of Kentucky put on its most ferocious defensive display yet. Courtney Marbra scored seven points to lead Ole Miss, but the Rebels committed the most turnovers in a Southeastern Conference game this year Thursday in an 82-41 loss to No. 6 Kentucky.



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