#6 Mississippi State mauls Tennessee Lady Vols, 91-63

Silvia Morton
February 13, 2019

Kentucky (19-3, 8-1) won the first meeting at Rupp Arena 76-55. Reggie Perry logged a double-double for the Bulldogs there with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"I'm very proud of my team", MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. But that loss to Tennessee still ate at Schaefer and the Mississippi State upper-class players who experienced it.

Kentucky is now 9-1 in SEC play and 20-3 overall in the 2018-2019 season.

Tennessee: The Lady Vols were on a roll coming into Starkville, winning three straight after starting SEC play with a 1-5 record. Bre'Amber Scott's 3-pointer with five seconds left in the quarter made if 61-49. In between the third and fourth quarters, we talked about wanting to come out and punch in the first five minutes.

UT won on MSU's 2017 senior day, 82-64, with Jaime Nared registering a career-high 30 points to lead the Big Orange siege.

MSU opened the fourth going four of five from the floor while UT went cold, hitting just one of three in the opening two minutes. "Man, did they push".

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Sophomore Evina Westbrook led UT (15-7, 4-5 SEC) in scoring with 18 points, followed closely by sophomore Rennia Davis and senior Meme Jackson, who had 17 apiece. In fact, she said she expects State, which has played in the national championship game two consecutive years, to contend for the national championship again. Mississippi State led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-34 at halftime. "We've got great point guard play".

"If you want me to tell you everything's all good, it isn't", Calipari said. I love how she attacked.

The senior missed two games (N.D., LSU) after injuring an ankle vs. Arkansas, and she carded her first double-figure scoring game since January 3 when she fired in 17 vs. Vanderbilt to get back on track. (Anriel) Howard is an unbelievable rebounder, great experience. EJ Montgomery doubled up for the Wildcats in that one with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Reid Travis added 11 points with nine boards.

So which side of the Kentucky vs. Mississippi State spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations? It's made for some more than soft rumblings across the dedicated Lady Vols fan base for a change in leadership as Holly Warlick has struggled to get the most out of her talented roster.

Jordan Danberry joined the list of injuries with her ankle tweak in the first half against Alabama and barely played in the second half of that game. They're playing with a lot of confidence and energy. They're tough. They grind it out and they are competitors.... In the fourth quarter, things get a little tiresome. So far this season, the Bulldogs have lost just twice at home this season, to rival MS, but being able to split this two-game homestand with LSU and Kentucky will be vital to the Bulldogs' at-large hopes. Weatherspoon is coming off one of his best performance of the season against LSU, recording 27 points, two rebounds and two assists against the Tigers. The Bulldogs are averaging 88 points per game, which ranks second nationally.

And the truth is that No. 5 Kentucky was fortunate to escape Humphrey Coliseum with a 71-67 victory over Mississippi State.

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