STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen saw his defense play well for 52 of 55 plays Saturday afternoon. MSU's defense bottled up Alabama's offense and gave it fits nearly all day, but the Crimson Tide busted three long plays and one on special teams for four touchdowns that proved to the difference in a 31-6 victory at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Dominique Dillingham recorded her first double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Jazzmun Holmes added 12 points in her debut as the No. 11 Mississippi State women's basketball team defeated Samford 68-47 Friday night at Humphrey Coliseum. MSU won its 12th-straight season opener and 30th-consecutive home opener in front of a crowd of 6,463, the second-largest crowd in program history. Going back to last season, MSU has averaged nearly 4,000 per game.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss men's basketball coach Andy Kennedy knew he would have to rely on guard Stefan Moody to carry the Rebels during the early section of the season. Moody did not let him down Friday night. Moody scored a career-high 29 points, added five rebounds and five assists as the Rebels defeated Northwestern State 90-76 in the season opener for both clubs. The Rebels placed four players in double figures and never trailed.
OXFORD -- Sophomore Shandricka Sessom had a career high 24 points to lead the Ole Miss women's basketball team to a 97-61 victory against Mississippi Valley in the season opener for both teams Friday afternoon in the 13th annual School Kids game. The teams played in front of a crowd of 7,407 fans, a new school record, and the largest crowd to see a women's basketball game in the state of Mississippi.
STARKVILLE -- Midway through the first half of the Mississippi State men's basketball team's season opener Friday, the crowd of 9,931 at Humphrey Coliseum had settled into a restless quiet as Eastern Washington was doing layup drills. The biggest cheer came during a timeout when the scoreboard heralded the Bulldogs' just-completed recruiting class for 2016, rated fifth best in the country.
Strange as it may seem, Alabama's 31-6 win over Mississippi State was more a matter of inches and split seconds than the kind of domination the score suggests.
STARKVILLE -- The Alabama football team remains a sticking point with Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and quarterback Dak Prescott. Mullen and Prescott have beaten every Southeastern Conference team except Alabama and South Carolina, but the seventh-year coach and his senior quarterback will get a final chance to chance to do that at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) when No. 20 MSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC) plays host to Alabama (8-1, 5-1) at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Hesitancy can cripple a shooter. Kayla Nevitt admits there were so many things going through her head last season in her first year with the Mississippi State women's basketball team that she questioned whether she shoot the ball, where she should shoot it from, and how she should shoot the ball.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Jacobi attended Central Florida with every intention of being a physical therapist. Jacobi soon learned he was going to take another career path. As a track runner at Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida, Jacobi suffered a hamstring injury. There was no one there to help him rehabilitate from the setback and give him advice on how to come back from the injury, so he decided to find out himself in college. All it took for Jacobi was for his academic advisor to tell him the best undergraduate degree to prepare for physical therapy was athletic training.
STARKVILLE -- I.J. Ready doesn't care who plays for the Mississippi State men's basketball team this season because they better be ready to win.
SCOOBA -- Jahyde Gardiner had a good Thursday. The East Mississippi Community College sophomore forward foreshadowed an excellent night on the basketball court when he hit an off-balance 3-pointer in the corner as the shot clock horn sounded. Earlier in the day, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, native signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at Tennessee-Martin.
STARKVILLE -- Justin Malone is versatile.
Jacaira Allen is used to bearing big burdens.
STARKVILLE -- Manny Diaz feels good about his defense in the fourth quarter.
STARKVILLE -- Blair Schaefer, LaKaris Salter, and Kayla Nevitt know they likely wouldn't be starters if the No. 11 Mississippi State women's basketball team started the season today.
Once ranked third in the nation, the Ole Miss football team is now simply trying to save the season.
Coaches can find unique ways to talk about their teams' mistakes.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wasn't his usual self Monday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen has confidence in his offense when they find themselves in the red zone.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen showed some real emotion Thursday night as walked out of Memorial Stadium. The Mississippi State football coach had just watched his team beat Missouri 31-13 Thursday night to improve to 7-2 and 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference. As he waved to fans, he took pictures with a few of them who were waiting for the team to come off the field.
1. Columbus boys beat Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. Piper realizes life-long dream in athletics at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. SEC women's basketball squads off to strong starts COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Bell, Bulldogs ready for Egg Bowl battle COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Starkville High ready for North State championship game HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS