Holmes shows passion on the court for MSU

Jazzmun Holmes

Sports Editor

Jazzmun Holmes has been known to show an emotional side on the basketball court.

That’s one of the things that Mississippi State head women’s coach Vic Schaefer likes about his senior point guard.

Schaefer said it’s key to have a competitive person at that position, but Holmes can take her game to another level when she plays with that edge.

“She has her moments when she’s passionate,” Schaefer said. “I wish there were times she’d play with more of that. She’s playing hard, but she can get pretty excited. When she gets excited and gets into what she’s doing, I get pretty excited watching her. As you know, I can be that way myself. She is really doing an excellent job of running our team right now.”

Holmes has had that passion for the game since her high school days at Harrison Central in Gulfport.

It's obvious that basketball is important to Holmes.

“It’s just being able to do something I love for a long time means a lot to me,” Holmes said. “It means a lot to my family. That’s where the passion comes from.”

That approach has worked for Holmes this season as she has been a part of a 15-1 overall and 3-0 Southeastern Conference start for the Bulldogs.

Whether it’s been Morgan William, Katia May or now Holmes, the point guard spot has always been under the microscope in Schaefer’s system.

He knows how vitally important that position is on the court to make everything flow smoothly.

Schaefer believes Holmes is playing better than anyone else in the country because she is doing exactly what he needs for her to do.

“She’s not turning the ball over, she’s running our team and she’s picking and choosing her spots really well on when to attack maybe in transition or when to pull back and get us into something out of transition,” Schaefer said. “She has a real good handle on what I want to be done. I think that is the key to any point guard and that’s being on the same wavelength as your coach and understanding what you’ve got to do.”

Holmes is second in the nation with a 4.2 assist/turnover ratio. Over the last six games, she has 50 assists and just 14 turnovers with an average of 9.9 points per game, a 45 field goal percentage (27 of 60) and has made 34 of 38 free-throw attempts.

Even after hurting her foot in last Thursday’s game against Georgia, Holmes has battled through the pain to keep performing for MSU.

“Jazz is a great point guard,” fellow Bulldog senior Teaira McCowan said. “She runs our team and distributes the ball where we need it. She’s leads us to open shots. She takes the whole team, makes sure everyone does their job and holding everyone accountable.”