SEC standings after Mississippi State women's basketball crumbled against Tennessee

After falling short against the Tennessee Lady Vols, Sam Purcell's Mississippi State basketball team took a tumble in SEC standings.
Jan 7, 2024; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Jessika Carter (4)
Jan 7, 2024; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Jessika Carter (4) / Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Things remain competitive amongst the SEC women's basketball teams and there's a few teams at the top of the conference that are making things really interesting. Unfortunately for Mississippi State women's basketball fans, the Bulldogs took a tumble against the Tennessee Lady Vols and are falling down in the SEC standings.

It's still early and there are plenty of Mississippi State basketball games left up ahead for Sam Purcell and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. But losing at home against Tennessee isn't exactly great for SEC seeding.

As things continue to shape up in the Southeastern Conference, here's what the conference looks like after MSU's loss to the Lady Vols.

SEC basketball standings, 1/18/24

  • South Carolina Gamecocks (4-0 SEC, 16-0 overall)
  • Vanderbilt Commodores (4-1, 17-2)
  • Tennessee Lady Vols (4-1, 11-6)
  • LSU Tigers (3-1, 16-2)
  • Texas A&M Aggies (2-2, 14-3)
  • Alabama Crimson Tide (2-2, 15-4)
  • Arkansas Razorbacks (2-2, 14-5)
  • Ole Miss Rebels (2-2, 12-5)
  • Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-3, 15-5)
  • Florida Gators (1-3, 10-6)
  • Georgia Bulldogs (1-3, 10-7)
  • Missouri Tigers (1-3, 10-7)
  • Kentucky Wildcats (1-3, 8-10)
  • Auburn Tigers (1-4, 12-6)

Mississippi State women's basketball record

It was a very disappointing home loss for the Mississippi State Bulldogs as MSU fell 75-64 against Tennessee to drop to 2-3 in league play. MSU rode some momentum and a stingy defense to a notable early lead, but the Bulldogs just could not sustain it.

With that frustrating loss to the Lady Vols, the Bulldogs now sit at 15-5 overall this season. Mississippi State has some significant work to do moving forward. If the Bulldogs want to be a big factor in the NCAA women's basketball Tournament discussion later this spring, MSU will need to start beating teams like Tennessee at some point or another.

Tennessee women's basketball record

For Tennessee, the win over Purcell and the MSU Bulldogs propelled the Lady Vols to an 11-6 overall record and a 4-1 conference record. Tennessee has done well to bounce back after losing to the Texas A&M Aggies.

If Tennessee can continue to play at the level the Lady Vols did against the Bulldogs and not the Aggies, then they'll be a legit threat to other teams at the top of the SEC this season.