4 stats that tell the story of Mississippi State basketball’s win vs. Colorado State

On the road and in a tough environment, Sam Purcell and the Mississippi State women's basketball team found a way to get a win against Colorado State.
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

Sam Purcell and the Mississippi State women’s basketball team hit the road and got a solid victory over a 9-2 Colorado State team. While the Rams were able to provide a pretty tough test for Purcell’s Mississippi State basketball team, thanks to some remarkable sharpshooting from Lauren Park-Lane, the Bulldogs got an 8-75 win.

And there are a lot of things worth celebrating in the Bulldogs’ victory on the road in Colorado. This was primed to be a challenging game for the Bulldogs given the elevation difference (and also that the Rams have a solid team), but MSU has now won four straight games and the Bulldogs sit at 12-2.

If you want to go a little further in understanding this win, the numbers reveal just how impressive Mississippi State's 82-75 road victory over Colorado State truly was. Here are four different stats that jump out from the box score and encapsulate the Bulldogs' statement win.

Mississippi State basketball: 4 impressive stats from Mississippi State women’s basketball win vs. Colorado State

  1. 10 - Lauren Park-Lane is going to catch a lot of attention for the way that she set a new Mississippi State single-game record for three pointers. That’s right, she made 10 shots from behind the arc. And she was pretty efficient with her shooting as well. Park-Lane hit those 10 triples on just 17 attempts. If you’re looking for your calculator, that equals an insane 59 percent shooting clip from deep. All in all, Park-Lane dropped 33 points on a scoring 11 for 25 shooting night. Just an outstanding and special performance.
  2. 43 - Mississippi State owned the glass against Colorado State, outrebounding the Rams by a whopping tally of 43 to 27 margin overall. That obviously was a huge reason for why the Bulldogs had a shot at winning this contest, but it’s worth keeping an eye on how the Bulldogs were performing on the offensive boards. The Bulldogs managed to bring in 11 offensive rebounds compared to just one for Colorado State. And thus, 16 second chance points for MSU and none for Colorado State.
  3. 23 - The Bulldogs did a good job of moving the ball around. In total, Mississippi State managed to dish out 23 assists on the Bulldogs’ 29 made field goals. Their ability to move the ball around allowed the Bulldogs to effectively dissect Colorado State's defense. MSU wasn’t always on fire on offense, but when they were, they were moving the ball around. Five different Bulldogs notched at least three assists as they exploited the Rams’ defense.
  4. 26-11 - It’s always fun to see your team hit a scoring surge while your opponent struggles. And even though the Bulldogs got off to a hot start, they found themselves trailing by eight points heading into the final frame. But in the fourth quarter, Mississippi State completely locked in defensively. The Bulldogs found a way to hold Colorado State to a grand total of 11 points in the fourth quarter while putting up 26 of their own. That allowed MSU to storm back and steal the win on the road. 

That group of well-rounded stats exhibit just how good Mississippi State was on the road against Colorado State. And now, again, MSU sits at 12-2. The Bulldogs have found their rhythm and look really solid. There’s still work to do, but Purcell’s team should be proud of all they’ve accomplished so far this season.