Mississippi State Basketball: #14 Lady Bulldogs Defeat Florida 68-56
The Mississippi State Basketball Lady Bulldogs defeated the Florida Gators 68-56 in Gainesville to improve to 2-1 in SEC play. I said Jessika Carter would attack Florida in the paint, and attack she did in my preview. I also predicted she would have a double-double if only I could pick the winning Powerball and Mega Millions numbers.
Jessika Carter scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Mississippi State. Rickea Jackson would add 16 points as she and Carter were the only Lady Bulldogs in double figures.
Lavender Briggs led Florida with 25 points, followed by Kiara Smith and Faith Dut with 10.
Rickea Jackson went to work early, scoring 7 points in the first quarter on 3-4 shooting, including one three. Sidney Cooks and Madison Hayes would also hit threes as Mississippi State jumped out to a 19-11 lead in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Jessika Carter would take over as the junior would score 11 points and grab 4 rebounds as the Lady Bulldogs widened their lead and go into the half up 36-25. Rounding up the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs in the first half would be Matharu (4), Mingo-Young (4), Taylor (2), Hayes (3), (Cooks (3), and Morris (2).
Briggs had 7 points to lead Florida in the first half. A trio of Lady Gators scored four points, and Smith finished up the scoring with 6 points.
The Gators would try to chip into the Bulldog lead in the second half, but Mississippi State would not have it. Florida would trim the deficit to six points by creating turnovers. Lavender Briggs scored 12 points to lead the comeback effort.
Jessika Carter would score 14 points, and Rickea Jackson scored 7 in the second half as the Lady Bulldogs put the Lady Gators away 65-56.
Mississippi State shot 41% from the field and 33% from behind-the-arc. The Lady Bulldogs scored 36 points in the paint and 16 points off turnovers. Mississippi State won the battle of the boards 40-34. Defensively Mississippi State had 6 blocks (Carter 2) and 10 steals (Jackson 4).