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Dunne excited about making an impact with Bulldog softball team

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kelsi Dunne had so much fun learning from Vann Stuedeman she decided she wanted to keep doing it at a different address. Dunne and Stuedeman are back together, hoping to lead the Mississippi State University softball team back to national prominence. A four-time All-American at the University of Alabama, Dunne said Stuedeman has been a major influence on her as an amateur player and now working with her as a coach.



Cohen not fazed that Bulldogs aren't ranked

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Fans in Starkville are wondering by the Mississippi State University baseball team was absent from two major preseason polls released this week. MSU, which finished 15th in the final USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll last season, wasn't ranked in the 2012 preseason coaches' poll or the Baseball America preseason rankings despite returning 14 of 16 pitchers who took the mound last season. "(The rankings are) not what we're focused on or worried about," MSU coach John Cohen said Thursday.



Arkansas' defense slows Johnson, MSU

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As much as she tried, Diamber Johnson wasn't herself. Up since 5:30 a.m. Thursday to take care of her mother, Adella, who suffered a heart attack, the Mississippi State University senior guard didn't realize she hadn't eaten anything all day until she returned to Humphrey Coliseum later in the day.



Tennessee rebounds to beat Alabama; Ole Miss women lose

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Tennessee women's basketball team was determined to bounce back from the second-worst loss in program history. With a matchup against slumping Alabama, it was an easy task. Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Glory Johnson added 13 to lead the No. 7 Lady Volunteers to an 86-56 win against the Crimson Tide on Thursday night.



MSU beats LSU without edge

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Fans of the No. 18 Mississippi State University men's basketball program are getting used to Wednesday night's script. In what has been a repeated set of circumstances in a home games in which it is favored, MSU survived an early and late charge to hang on for a 76-71 victory against LSU.



Bost shows complete game against LSU

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior Dee Bost has been called a shoot-first point guard. Bost put that label aside Wednesday night and became more of a facilitator in No. 18 MSU's 76-71 victory against LSU at Humphrey Coliseum. Bost, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, was three rebounds and a point from his first career triple-double. The Bob Cousy Award finalist finished with nine points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds in 40. He played the entire game because MSU is without backup point guard DeVille Smith.



Grant learning intricacies of being a shooter

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Kendra Grant is accustomed to be a target. When you're a "shooter" it's difficult to blend into a game or sneak through the lane or rub off a screen to get an open shot. But Grant learned how to outfox the toughest scouting reports in a standout career at Richland High School. Nineteen games into her first season as a member of the Mississippi State University women's basketball team, Grant is learning every day and is showing she is just as capable of being a "shooter" in one of the nation's top Division I conferences.



Bedford provides spark off bench for EMCC

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore guard Deon Bedford has quite a collection of rings. "We've won the past two region championships, and I am proud of both of those rings," Bedford said. "The goal this year is to get a third. The pressure has been us on all year as two-time defending champions. We relish that pressure, and look forward to the challenge every time we play."



Frontcourt gives Ole Miss a chance

Posted 1/27/2012 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The University of Mississippi men's basketball team isn't very good at shooting 3-pointers and even worse at the free-throw line, serious flaws that have made scoring points a struggle during stretches this season. But the Rebels do have some muscle -- and they like to flex it. That's been enough to keep Ole Miss (13-6, 3-2) in the top half of the Southeastern Conference entering a home game at 6 tonight (ESPN2) against the No. 14 University of Florida (15-4, 4-1).



Short-handed MSU will play host to LSU

Posted 1/25/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- One week ago, Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury knocked the table with his fist twice and looked to the sky when asked about his team dodging injuries during the 2011-12 season. It was almost as if the 14-year veteran knew he had sealed the Bulldogs' fate.



MSU 's Steele fight through early struggles

Posted 1/25/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Jalen Steele has had a lot of people tell him he can't do something. Between his hometown university not wanting him, the coach he initially signed with getting fired, and the tear of the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee, the 6-foot-3 guard has overcome some bumps along the way.



MSU guard Smith remains in hospital for Bulldogs

Posted 1/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman point guard DeVille Smith has checked into a Jackson area hospital for the second time this season after suffering from symptoms of headaches and dizziness. Mississippi State basketball team spokesperson Gregg Ellis confirmed Monday that the 5-foot-10 guard entered the hospital Friday and Bulldogs head coach Rick Stansbury said Smith will "absolutely" not participate in either of MSU's contests this week (vs. LSU Wednesday and at Florida Saturday).



Lady Bulldogs grow up in victory over Auburn

Posted 1/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Actions, not talk, dictate success. So when the Mississippi State University women's basketball team's starting five crouched in a defensive stance and slapped the Humphrey Coliseum floor with the palms of their hands 21 seconds into their game Sunday against Auburn University, you had to believe the Lady Bulldogs were prepared to deliver a focused effort.



North Pike defensive end makes pledge to join Bulldogs

Posted 1/23/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- North Pike High School defensive end A.J. Jefferson pledged his services to Mississippi State University late Saturday night. This news was first reported by the site that covers the MSU program on Sunday.



Johnson leads MSU women to big win vs. Auburn

Posted 1/22/2012 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The look in Diamber Johnson's eyes said it all. Trailing by 15 points in an otherwise lackluster first-half performance by her team, the Mississippi State University senior point guard had seen enough. MSU had just turned the ball over on three consecutive possessions and looked like it was going to fall deeper into a hole. That trajectory changed with one jump shot.



MSU men earn rare win at Vanderbilt

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Rick Stansbury drew up a play in the huddle, something his Mississippi State University men's basketball team hadn't used this season. He saw Vanderbilt overplaying Dee Bost, and his senior guard made it work. Bost scored on a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime and No. 18 Mississippi State edged Vanderbilt University 78-77 Saturday night, snapping the Commodores' eight-game winning streak.



MSU women will try to protect home court

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

The next two games will go a long way in determining the fate of the Mississippi State women's basketball team. While MSU (12-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) may have lost an opportunity to earn a key victory in a home loss to LSU on Jan. 5, it can take a big step toward redemption at 2 p.m. today against Auburn (10-9, 2-4).



Henry, Ole Miss hold on to beat Georgia

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

ATHENS, Ga. -- Terrance Henry can't really say why the University of Mississippi men's basketball team struggles so badly at the free-throw line. As long as the Rebels win, however, Henry believes his team will be just fine. "We're used to it," Henry said. "That's our M.O. We grind it out on defense, take what we can get on offense. It wasn't new to us, so we were used to a game like that." Henry scored 24 points, Nick Williams and Murphy Holloway added 12 and Mississippi held off a late surge from Georgia for a 66-63 victory on Saturday.



Alabama nearly upsets No. 2 Kentucky

Posted 1/21/2012 in College Sports

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Trevor Releford slashed between three University of Kentucky defenders, hit a floater and slid into the front row. No matter how hard the University of Alabama guard tried, the Wildcats always had an answer for him and the rest of the Crimson Tide. Releford scored all 17 of his points in the second half, but No. 2 Kentucky hit its final eight free throws in the closing minute in the Wildcats' 77-71 victory over Alabama on Saturday.



Bulldogs face another road test in Nashville

Posted 1/20/2012 in College Sports

Two college basketball teams headed in opposite directions will meet in Nashville today. Unfortunately for Mississippi State, it isn't the squad on the positive end of that equation.



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