Mississippi State beats Tennessee, makes big statement

Tennessee Women's Basketball sophomore Rennia Davis scores a season high 29 points in loss at #6 Mississippi State

Tennessee Women's Basketball sophomore Rennia Davis scores a season high 29 points in loss at #6 Mississippi State

Three years later, the Bulldogs are making victories over the Lady Volunteers a habit.

Warlick credited Schaefer for doing a "great job" helping to develop McCowan, who leads the Bulldogs in scoring (16.9 points) and rebounding (13.7) per game.

Teaira McCowan had 24 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Danberry added 20 points and No. 6 Mississippi State pulled away late to beat Tennessee 91-63 on Sunday.

"I think our team has had a very good year". Mississippi State still has a legitimate path to the NCAA Tournament thanks to good wins during nonconference play, but the Bulldogs need some conference wins in a hurry. Kentucky (20-3, 9-1 Southeastern Conference) hasn't lost since its conference opener against Alabama on January 5.

Tennessee had bounced back from a six-game losing streak to win its past three games heading into Mississippi State. Bre'Amber Scott's 3-pointer with five seconds left in the quarter made if 61-49. In between the third and fourth quarters, we talked about wanting to come out and punch in the first five minutes. The Bulldogs scored 30 points in the final 10 minutes. As a result, their entire offense was about trying to push the ball in transition and hoping they could hit some outside shots.

Calipari wasn't happy with the way his team had played during games with early tipoffs this season, so at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, barely four hours before the noon tipoff, he brought his team to Humphrey Coliseum for a shootaround.

Mississippi State (22-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) led 25-17 after one quarter and 40-34 at halftime.

On Saturday, they play host to the No. 5 Wildcats in a key SEC battle that is key for both teams. "I tried my best but she had the hot hand". I love how she attacked.

Evina Westbrook is the Tennessee Lady Vols' best player, and she was suspended for a violation of team rules.

Schaefer said he would have preferred to have flipped the script that has MSU ending the SEC regular with seven consecutive games, including four at home, but he said it is what it is and the Bulldogs will have to go get it.

That's how deadly Mississippi State can be; this went from a close game to a historic blowout in the final 12½ minutes.

Mississippi State's Anriel Howard had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Keldon Johnson added 14 points for the Wildcats while fellow Wildcats guard Tyler Herro added 13 points. It was as if State switched to a gear Tennessee did not possess.

"I don't see any reason they can't compete for a [national] championship", Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. Tuesday's home game against Alabama is a big one. They're tough. They grind it out and they are competitors....

After bursting to an 8-0 record and standing 12-1 after opening SEC play with a win at Auburn, a youthful Lady Vols team (7 of 10 active players are freshmen and sophomores) has gone through some growing pains. Eight of those came in the fourth quarter. But the last time Tennessee visited Mississippi State has since haunted Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer.

In the 2012 matchup in Starkville, won by Tennessee, 57-41, UT scored its (then) fewest points in the series, while State posted its second-lowest total.

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