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MSU women led by Williams duo

December 16, 2012

They are not related or part of a law firm, but the duo of Williams and Williams are showing their value in the post for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.

Sherise Williams and Carnecia Williams have provided a nice compliment of play with Martha Alwal and have been two of the surprises for the Bulldogs through nine games.

In a 59-58 victory over Florida Atlantic, the two Williams and Alwal combined for 35 of the 59 points.

"In the last game, our post play was awesome," MSU sophomore guard Kendra Grant said. "They were looking for each other high and low even on rolls. They did a really good job looking for each other and finishing."

The Williams pair have emerged the third and fourth scorers and third and fourth rebounders for the Bulldogs this season.

Sherise Williams scored a season-high 15 points in the last game against Florida Atlantic and has raised her scoring average to 6.7 points per game.

MSU coach Vic Schaefer said the progress of Sherise has a great deal to do with getting her eyes fixed.

"If you are shooting three out of 15 from point blank range, I had to ask her if she had glasses," Schaefer said. "She said, 'yes,' then I asked, 'where are they?' She said, 'they are back in St. Louis,' so we had to get her some contacts here in town and it's a whole new world for her so that's a part of it."

After Carnecia scored a season-high 26 points against Savannah State, she dropped to only nine points against Southern Mississippi and improved to 10 points against Florida Atlantic.

Schaefer said inconsistent play from Carnecia and the other newcomers can be expected with the Bulldogs.

"You're going to have nights where we are gang-busters and the next you are wondering where is that person," Schaefer said. "I think that's the evolution of a young and inexperienced team. We're going to have the ebs and flows that go with that."

The next step in that process for MSU takes place today against Florida A&M at Humphrey Coliseum. The game tips at 2 p.m.

Schaefer anticipates a different type of challenge from the Lady Rattlers.

"They are going to do some things defensively to us, trap us and do some things in a zone," Schaefer said. "They are a super athletic basketball team so this week, we are preparing for a different kind of strategy as far as what people will do to us. It will be another step for us, part of the evolution and learning the total game. We'll have to be prepared for an athletic and good basketball team."

The Bulldogs have won four of their first nine games of the season.
Schaefer believes the record could be much better if he had done things differently.

"I feel awfully responsible that we're not 6-3," Schaefer said. "My philosophy has always been that a four-point game either way with 4 (minutes) to go, it's a coaches job to get those kids home. Obviously, we've lost two at the buzzer.

"I like the way our kids are competing. We don't play well all of the time, but I think we play pretty hard. I just like the way they are competing and trying to please. As a coach, all you ever want is to have kids that are trying to do what you ask them to do."

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