Mississippi State 81, Kentucky 58, women's college basketball final

For Starkville Daily News

No. 2 Mississippi State opened the next chapter of its season on a successful note with a victory over Kentucky in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Friday afternoon at Bridgestone Arena.

The top-seeded Bulldogs beat the ninth-seeded Wildcats for a third time this season to advance to the conference semifinal round for a third-straight year. MSU will face No. 5 seed Texas A&M at 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.

“Really proud of these kids,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “We continue to play extremely well. Kentucky has a great team and it’s hard to play back-to-back games. Our first three quarters offensively were really good. We shared the ball. Roshunda (Johnson) and Blair (Schaefer) knocked down shots. Ten-of-21 from 3 is a good day of work.

“We were able to rest some kids (Friday). It’s another battle against a Top-25 team (today), but we will be ready.”