STARKVILLE -- DoBee Plaisance doesn't swear. The Nicholls women's basketball coach burns with an intensity that allows her to deliver a message louder and more effectively without profanity.
STARKVILLE -- The answers come easily for Teaira McCowan, Morgan William, and Victoria Vivians, even if their responses are different. When each player was asked Friday what was the loudest they remember hearing it in Humphrey Coliseum, the players looked at each other for a moment before McCowan seized the opportunity.
Bailie Cross can relax. The Caledonia High School standout admits the past few months have had plenty of anxious moments. That's because Cross, who has played volleyball for years, didn't know if she was going to get a chance to play the sport she loves in college.
STARKVILLE -- Every team goes through some kind of lull, especially in the marathon that is the college basketball season. When you're in a conference like the Big 12, those lulls can become extended doldrums pretty quickly.
STARKVILLE -- Quentin Hillsman says his dreams scare him. It's not because the Syracuse women's basketball coach is a fan of horror movies. Hillsman's dreams scare him because his goal every year is to win every game and to win a national championship.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's baseball players filed into their first team meeting with interim head coach Gary Henderson on Feb. 21 and faced a blank whiteboard.
Ask Spencer Hughes about his career ladder in racing and he'll give you a "coach speak" answer. "We're just trying to take it day by day," Hughes said. The phrase is a standard refrain for athletes and coaches who try to maintain focus and perspective. Winning a lot of races at a young age creates a greater audience and raises expectations, but for Hughes, the approach is real.
If you want to get fired up, just listen to DoBee Plaisance talk about defense. "Defense takes a little talent and it is all about toughness and intangibles," Plaisance said. "You play tough defense, you rebound the ball, and defense travels."
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's tennis rallied after losing the doubles point to upset No. 2 Vanderbilt 4-3 at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. The victory helped MSU (11-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) earn its highest-ranked win in the history of the school's men's and women's tennis programs.
The preliminaries are out of the way for the No. 21 Mississippi State softball team. Now, it's time to get down to the business of league play.
OXFORD -- The Caledonia High School dropped two games Thursday on the final day of the Oxford Spring Break Baseball Classic at Moak Field. Caledonia dropped a 15-3 decision to Oxford in its first game. It finished its tournament play with a 9-5 loss to North Pontotoc in eight innings.
PITTSBURGH -- Avery Johnson has spent plenty of time trying to convince Alabama freshman Collin Sexton to take ownership of his play and the men's basketball team, a message the coach has repeated frequently during the Crimson Tide's uneven season. The fact it took Sexton to embrace Johnson's message until March hardly matters.
STARKVILLE -- There is a lot to remember from the loss that ended the Mississippi State men's basketball team's hopes of making the NCAA tournament. There was the corner 3-pointer Xavian Stapleton had that could have changed the game. There also was the injury to Nick Weatherspoon that changed the game.
OXFORD -- After leading the Middle Tennessee men's basketball team to conference championships and NCAA tournament runs, Kermit Davis is returning to his home state as the 22nd head coach of the Ole Miss basketball program, as announced today by Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Ross Bjork.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State practices have a familiar look this season. A year after being part of what was the winningest senior class in the history of the women's basketball program, Dominique Dillingham is in a new role as student assistant coach. Among the many roles Dillingham carries out, she occasionally takes part in MSU practices. When Dillingham does, she usually elicits a typical reaction from MSU coach Vic Schaefer.
STARKVILLE -- Chemistry is vital to Johnnie Harris. As important as that quality is to building and maintaining a successful coaching staff, Harris reserves the right to agree to disagree with Vic Schaefer, Dionnah Jackson-Durrett, and Carly Thibault-DuDonis. That's part of why she feels the Mississippi State women's basketball coaches work so well together.
People in Starkville know the story well. But with women's basketball fans from Louisiana, New York, and Oklahoma set to arrive in Mississippi, it's a perfect time to tell the tale again. It's kind of like when Santa Claus visits Starkville every year to read "A Visit from St. Nicholas" to the children on the court at Humphrey Coliseum.
BILOXI -- Kyle Schimpf had a double, home run, and four RBIs Wednesdya night to help push the Southeastern Louisiana baseball team to an 11-5 victory against Mississippi State at MGM Park.
STARKVILLE -- Statistically, Aric Holman entered the Mississippi State men's basketball team's against Nebraska on Wednesday as the Bulldogs' best 3-point shooter.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Morgan Bell's second grand slam of the season set the tone Wednesday night for the No. 21 Mississippi State softball team in a 7-1 victory against Memphis at the Tiger Softball Complex.
1. Dillingham fits right in as student assistant coach COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Coaches drive MSU to be best COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Caledonia's Cross signs to play volleyball at Huntingdon HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. Origin of MSU's success doesn't get old LOCAL COLUMNS