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January 8th, 2015
The Starkville Christian School Lady Cougars started the new year off on a winning note with a pair of victories this week.
After beating Kemper Academy 42-26 on Tuesday, the Lady Cougars came back home on Thursday to top Columbus Christian School 48-42.
Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer spent much of Monday night putting film together to show his team.
The film wasn't all on the Arkansas Razorbacks, tonight's opponent, but there were things that Schaefer wanted the Bulldogs to see about themselves.
It really didn't surprise Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer that senior point guard Jerica James had a career-high in points last Sunday.
He has observed James' preparation in practice and knew it was going to pay off for her.
The Tennessee Volunteers gave the Mississippi State Bulldogs plenty of chances to take a lead and even win the ballgame.
The Volunteers committed 32 fouls and saw three players foul out, but the Bulldogs only shot 55 percent (24-of-44) from the free-throw line.
It cost MSU on the scoreboard.
"The program made a great choice in the hiring of coach (Manny) Diaz."
Those are the words of former Mississippi State cornerback and East Webster High School player Johnthan Banks, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Banks is one of 10 Bulldogs from the past that are on National Football League rosters and were coached by Diaz during his time as the defensive coordinator at MSU in 2010.
MABEN â€“ True basketball tournament style play is something that is starting to fall by the wayside. That is until teams enter into the postseason.
East Webster plans to remedy that situation this week as they welcome a host of area teams like Choctaw County, Nanih Waiya and Ethel to campus.
ACKERMAN â€“ Youth has definitely been served with Choctaw County's basketball teams this season.
On the Lady Chargers side, the starting five normally consists of three freshmen and two sophomores while the boysâ€™ squad features just two seniors. Still that has not stopped the teams from enjoying a bit of success this season.
Rick Ray feels a little bit better about his team as Mississippi State enters Southeastern Conference play.
The third-year Bulldog head coach saw his team beat Florida State 62-55 at home last Friday, just the second win in eight games. Before that win, the Bulldogs lost five-straight and and six of seven.
"I think this team right now is on an upward motion," Ray said.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were able to establish a little bit of momentum going into Southeastern Conference play with a 62-55 victory over Florida State last Friday night.
When the Bulldogs start league play tonight at home against Tennessee, it will be important for them to keep doing the thing that led to the success they had against the Seminoles.
The Mississippi State women's basketball team continues to be on the rise.
One day after moving up to No. 14 in The Associated Press women's poll, the Bulldogs jumped to No. 15 in the USA Today/WBCA Coaches poll on Tuesday.
MSU went up three spots from 18th in the coaches poll and the program is ranked in the top 15 for the first time since the 2002-03 season.