Mississippi State women’s basketball’s ability to hit threes should scare MVSU

Sam Purcell's Mississippi State women's basketball team has an impressive knack for knocking down threes this season. That should concern MVSU as the Devilettes get set to come to Starkville to face the Bulldogs in the Hump.

Mississippi State Coach Sam Purcell during the first quarter of the SEC Women's Basketball
Mississippi State Coach Sam Purcell during the first quarter of the SEC Women's Basketball / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Heading into Friday’s home matchup in the Hump, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team (12-2) is currently riding a four-game winning streak. Sam Purcell’s Bulldogs may have had some issues at a couple points earlier in the season, but it seems like MSU has really found its rhythm as of late.

And of course, one huge part of that is the way the Bulldogs have been consistently solid from three-point range. There’s the historic shooting that Lauren Park-Lane had in the Bulldogs’ last outing, but also there’s the fact that the Bulldogs as a team are hitting a solid 36.3 percent of their three point attempts. 

That’s not the best ever, but it’s good. Good enough to be the third-best in the Southeastern Conference, as a matter of fact. 

And that sort of perimeter shooting should be more than good enough to beat a struggling Mississippi Valley State team (1-10) that is currently on a nine game losing streak.

Mississippi State basketball: Sharpshooting a strength for MSU Bulldogs as they host MVSU

It’s fun to see teams that are efficient shooters from deep and behind the arc is where the Bulldogs have thrived for much of this season. The ability to knock down threes should theoretically help the Bulldogs cut into the talent differential that exists against some of the better teams in the SEC and that’s something to watch as MSU gets ready to meet up with SEC foes.

But for right now, let’s focus on how Debreasha Powe has spearhead Stat’s success from behind the three point line. Powe leads the Bulldogs in three point percentage (43 percent) and makes (37). Park-Lane comes in second with 42.9 percent and 21 makes. Darrione Rogers has also been connecting as she’s made 36 percent and 18 shots.

So it’s not just one player who is a sharpshooting threat here. And it’s not like MVSU can just lock in on one player. The Bulldogs should be able to handle the Devilettes thanks to the way MSU knocks down threes with relative ease.

Given MSU’s versatility and shooting as of late, the Bulldogs are primed to deliver yet another strong outside shooting performance and that should lead to MSU winning its fifth straight game.