WBB: Lady Bulldogs Take on No.3 Mississippi State Tonight


Caliya Robinson brings the ball up the court.
Caliya Robinson brings the ball up the court.

 
 

(13-12, 5-7 SEC) Georgia at (25-1, 11-1 SEC) No.3 Mississippi State

Game time: Thursday, February 16, 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Miss.
TV: SEC Network (Bart Gregory – play-by-play; Charlie Winfield – analyst)
Video Stream: SEC Network +
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Network by IMG (Jeff Dantzler play-by-play)
Station: on WRFC-AM 960 in Athens
 
 
The Lady Bulldogs look to upset No.3 Mississippi State on the road in Starkville tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET. State has only 1 loss on the season, and the Georgia women’s basketball team would like to hand them number 2.

 
 
THE OPENING TIP
 
Georgia treks to No. 3 Mississippi State for a Thursday night battle at Humphrey Coliseum. The contest is available on SEC Network + via WatchESPN.
 
 
The series with the Bulldogs from Starkville has been back-and-forth lately, with the teams splitting the last 10 meetings, 5-5. Georgia upset 10th-ranked Mississippi State last season, using a strong defensive effort to take a 47-43 win in Athens.
 
 
Georgia enters Thursday’s matchup having won three of its last four games this season, including a pair of road victories at Arkansas and at Auburn. The Lady Bulldogs also knocked off 25th-ranked Tennessee in double-overtime — Georgia’s first win against the Lady Vols since 2010.
 
 
A big reason for Georgia’s hot streak lately has been the play of sophomore forward Caliya Robinson. In the last four games, Robinson has averaged 20.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest. Last week’s ESPNW National Player of the Week is the SEC’s leading shot blocker, averaging 2.6 per game.
 
 
The Lady Bulldogs’ successful four-game stretch occurred after the team inserted freshman Stephanie Paul into the lineup before the Arkansas game. She took Caliya Robinson’s spot, allowing her to come off the bench. Paul averaged just 2.2 ppg in non-conference action, but has upped that to 5.3 ppg in SEC play.
 
 
SERIES INFORMATION
 
Overall: Georgia leads, 28-15
In Athens: Georgia leads, 16-3
In Starkville: Tied, 10-10
Neutral Sites: Tied, 2-2
Current Streak: Teams have split last 10 evenly
Last Meeting: Georgia 47, #10 MSU 43 – Jan. 21, 2016 – Athens, Ga.
 
 
SCOUTING MISSISSIPPI STATE
 
Mississippi State enters Thursday’s game as one of the top teams in the nation with a No. 3 ranking and a 25-1 overall record. The Bulldogs’ only loss this season came at the hands of South Carolina — 64-61 in Columbia. MSU is led in scoring by Mississippi native and 2016 Honorable Mention All-American Victoria Vivians, who scores 16.8 ppg. The Bulldogs lead the league in both scoring offense and scoring defense and are No. 3 in rebound margin, holding a +7.8 edge over their opponents. Head Coach Vic Schaefer is in his fifth season in Starkville and owns a 115-47 record since becoming head coach at MSU.
 
 
CLICK HERE for the complete game notes for the Georgia women’s basketball game versus Mississippi State.