Mississippi State women's basketball: 5 need-to-know storylines as Bulldogs host Vandy

As the Mississippi State women's basketball team faces the Vanderbilt Commodores, keep an eye on these five key storylines Thursday evening.

Jan 7, 2023; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully dances during a
Jan 7, 2023; Starkville, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs mascot Bully dances during a / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 4: Mississippi State faces a tough challenge in trying to contain Vanderbilt Commodores' Jodryn Cambridge

As previously mentioned, the Vanderbilt Commodores have a strong defensive catalyst in Jordyn Cambridge. And while she's terrifying for opposing offenses to face, Cambridge also manages to stuff the stat sheet and score plenty of points with regularity.

You already know that she's averaging 4.6 steals per game, but let's look beyond how terrifying she is on the defensive end. So far this season, the talented Cambridge is averaging 14.8 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Cambridge is a disruptive force and the Bulldogs will need to keep an eye on her. Darrione Rogers and Lauren Park-Lane will likely have their hands full as Vanderbilt looks to unleash Cambridge in this matchup.

No. 3: Battle of the boards between the MSU Bulldogs and Vandy Commodores

This SEC matchup on Thursday night also features some really proficient rebounders. We've previously discussed how Jessika Carter's 9.6 rebounds per game make her a matchup nightmare for opposing teams to content with, but Vanderbilt also does well in the rebounding department.

Right now, Mississippi State is averaging 44.8 rebounds per game, which is good for No. 5 in the Southeastern Conference. While Vanderbilt is sitting at No. 11 in the conference in rebounds per game, the Commodores aren't really all that far behind as they're tallying 40 rebounds per game.

On the offensive glass, Vandy has an advantage over the Bulldogs as the Commodores get 14.9 offensive rebounds per game, more than MSU's 14.2 offensive rebounds per game.