OXFORD -- Shaquera Wade's layup after a steal with 36 seconds remaining and Jordan Lewis' two free throws moments later Sunday helped the Alabama women's basketball team rally for an 82-79 victory against Alabama at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Wade stripped Alissa Alston of the basketball and converted the layup to give Alabama an 80-79 lead with 15 seconds left. The Rebels failed to convert following a timeout to set the stage for Lewis' free throws with seven seconds remaining.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State softball team kicked its season off in style Friday with two dominating pitching performances at Nusz Park.
With a new artificial turf surface at the Don Usher Softball Field, Mississippi University for Women softball coach Tatjana Matthews doesn't need the rain to go away to ensure her team plays its season opener at noon today against Millsaps College. However, Matthews does need her players to understand her, which is why she is thankful they have come to understand "coach," a language that men's and women's coaches speak in every sport.
STARKVILLE -- Morgan William's tenure as point guard for the Mississippi State women's basketball team has been marked by a poised resolve that has helped her overcome any obstacle.
IRVING, Texas -- The Mississippi University for Women baseball team lost to the University of Dallas 11-4 and 6-5 on Saturday. The game scheduled for 11 a.m. today was canceled due to inclement weather. The Crusaders used a six-run third inning in the first game of the day to break it open.
STARKVILLE -- Jacob Billingsley has more competition. Last year, as a redshirt junior, Billingsley was one of few options Mississippi State had as a starting pitcher after injuries decimated the staff. Billingsley responded by going 2-3 with a 4.78 earned run average in 16 games (13 starts). In 52 2/3 innings, he struck out 52 and walked 38.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kevin Puryear hadn't made a 3-pointer since Jan. 10, missing a dozen attempts since then. But with the shot clock running out and only 10 seconds left in overtime, Puryear made a 3-pointer from the left corner to give the Missouri men's basketball team the lead in an 89-85 victory against Mississippi State on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- As Ben Howland sees it, the Mississippi State men's basketball team already has been through the gauntlet. Howland believes the rest of the nation will experience that gauntlet in the coming weeks.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer was concerned about playing at Florida. No. 2 MSU was coming off an emotional rematch of last year's national title game and has Kentucky, a team it hasn't beaten since 2009, up next. Schaefer was worried his players might get caught reveling in the past or looking to the future. It turned out to be typical coaching anxiety.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Florida and Arkansas were picked to win the Eastern and Western Divisions in the Southeastern Conference preseason baseball poll released Thursday.
STARKVILLE -- With Division I softball programs being allowed 56 regular-season games, coaches always have a backup plan in case replacement opponents are needed late in the season.
STARKVILLE -- The first recruiting class for new Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead balanced what he and his staff inherited.
The butterflies are back. For Matt Wolfenbarger, that means the start of another season. This year, though, the anticipation of the start of a new campaign likely carries an added significance because Wolfenbarger and his students-athletes will make history when they kick off the Mississippi University for Women's baseball team's inaugural season.
If you've watched Southeastern Conference sporting events, you're probably familiar with the ad campaign "It Just Means More." The initiative is designed to highlight there is so much more to the SEC than the success of its sports teams.
Andra Espinoza-Hunter's first time in Mississippi made a big impression. Even though the 5-foot-11 guard spent only one full day and parts of two more in Starkville, it was enough to prove to her Southern hospitality isn't a myth.
Vic Schaefer's ability to land big-time transfers continued Tuesday when former Connecticut guard Andra Espinoza-Hunter tweeted she will transfer to Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State's winning streak is adapting -- and growing.
STARKVILLE -- In the three weeks between Joe Moorhead taking over as Mississippi State's football coach and the first early signing period in modern college football history, there was no time for outside targets. Moorhead and the pieces of the staff he had assembled at the time had time to retain as much as it could of the 2018 recruiting class assembled by his predecessor, Dan Mullen, and nothing else.
STARKVILLE -- When freshmen saw the field for Andy Cannizaro's first Mississippi State baseball team last season, it was a matter of necessity. When Riley Self, Denver McQuary and Graham Ashcraft were called to pitch, it was because they were among the few healthy and able.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer often uses the phrase he's "coaching against the ghost" to explain his work ethic and drive to make the Mississippi State women's basketball program the best in the nation.
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