STARKVILLE -- Of all the injuries Mississippi State's baseball team endured last season, Jarrod Parks' season-ending back surgery seemed to strike a deep nerve with coach John Cohen.
STARKVILLE -- Nearly all of the avenues were closed for Diamber Johnson. Wherever the Mississippi State junior point guard turned, a defender was waiting for her. In the first half, Vanderbilt's Jence Rhoads, Angela Puleo, Christina Foggie, Jasmine Lister, and Elan Brown all took turns shadowing Johnson and doing their best to limit her good looks at the basket. But the Commodores turned to Rhoads at crunch time.
SCOOBA - In their final tune-ups prior to next week's MACJC State Tournament, the East Mississippi Community College basketball teams closed their regular seasons Thursday by sweeping visiting Coahoma C.C. at EMCC's Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The No. 13 EMCC men earned a 73-63 victory, while the women's team won 55-38.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- A terrible start on the road against a Southeastern Conference rival is no longer enough to rattle JaMychal Green and his University of Alabama men's basketball teammates. Green had 18 points and Alabama beat LSU 67-56 on Thursday night, giving the Crimson Tide 12 wins in 14 games while extending the Tigers' losing streak to nine.
STARKVILLE -- Ask anyone on Mississippi State's baseball team which component of the squad has the most athleticism and players will tell you the outfield. That position has been a hot topic of discussion in the preseason, and that's a good thing offensively and defensively.
Sharon Fanning-Otis is sticking with the plan. Hearing her talk about toughness, focus, rebounding, turnovers, and togetherness might be getting old, but the Mississippi State women's basketball coach knows good things will happen for her team the more it embraces each of those concepts.
OXFORD -- Zach Graham has spent the majority of his career as a complementary player, content to knock down a few shots, play tough defense and do the things that usually go unnoticed in a box score or by the casual observer.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- University of Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant doesn't want to talk about the Crimson Tide threatening to run away with a division basketball title. He also isn't particularly interested in addressing the turnaround the Alabama has made in his second season, because it's not over yet.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari had seen enough. The University of Kentucky men's basketball coach watched the Wildcats jog through 25 mostly uninspired minutes against Mississippi State on Tuesday night when he ordered his team to go to a full-court press.
STARKVILLE -- The only solace Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury can take in trying to rebound from a loss at the University of Kentucky is the Wildcats' current run of form. Losers of three of their last four games, Kentucky (17-7, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) will play host to MSU (13-11, 5-5) at 6 tonight (ESPN) in a rematch of last year's SEC tournament title game.
Andy Kennedy and the University of Mississippi men's basketball team are in a familiar position. At this point in each of Kennedy's five years in Oxford, the Rebels have been in the middle of the Southeastern Conference's Western Division.
STARKVILLE -- The focus and toughness to win in the Southeastern Conference was on display Sunday at Humphrey Coliseum. Unfortunately, the Mississippi State women's basketball team had to watch as South Carolina played with the poise and tenacity it takes to contend in one of the nation's toughest conferences.
STARKVILLE -- Approximately $30,000 dollars was raised Saturday in support of former Mississippi State baseball player Ryan Duffy. The "Do It For Duffy" committee raised close to $15,000 in a 5-Kilometer run Saturday morning and another $15,000 from a silent/live auction at MSU's First Pitch/Meet the Team event.
OXFORD -- After leading the majority of the game, the University of Mississippi women's basketball team saw the No. 24 University of Georgia take the lead with 9 minutes, 55 seconds remaining en route to a 61-56 victory in a Southeastern Conference game at Tad Smith Coliseum.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Senior forward Tierney Jenkins scored a game-high 18 points Sunday afternoon to lead the University of Alabama women's basketball team to a 64-59 win against the University of Florida in its first game at newly renovated Foster Auditorium. Junior guard Ericka Russell and freshman forward Kaneisha Horn each scored 12 points as the Crimson Tide notched their first victory in the historic building since last playing here Dec. 3, 1981.
AUBURN, Ala. -- A Kodi Augustus dunk gave Mississippi State its biggest lead of the day in the second half against Auburn on Saturday night. But an Augustus technical later in the half seemed to breathe life into a Tigers squad that looked to be limping its way to yet another Southeastern Conference loss.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama men's basketball team responded following a short turnaround from a difficult road loss by racing to a big lead, drilling 3-pointers and scoring on quick drives to the basket. Tony Mitchell scored 20 points and the Crimson Tide sprinted to a 20-point halftime lead before holding off the University of Mississippi's comeback attempt in a 74-64 victory Saturday.
OXFORD -- The building blocks are coming more regularly and for longer stretches of time for the Mississippi State women's basketball team. The nagging problem, though, remains how to shake the scoring lulls from the team's system.
STARKVILLE -- Last season, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen reluctantly relied on freshman pitchers. He had no choice in his second year of overhauling the MSU roster, and he hopes a season of being "punched in the face" helps his pitching staff take a major step forward this year.
OXFORD -- There's vertical and then there's the veer. Mary Kathryn Govero doesn't mind which one she uses because both are just as deadly.
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