There were some big pieces missing on the court for Mississippi State after back-to-back Southeastern Conference Championships.
The No. 10 Bulldogs were playing without three starters from a year ago when they made a trip to the Elite Eight and Saturday saw the first-career starts for center Jessika Carter, point guard Myah Taylor and five-star freshman Rickea Jackson.
It took a quarter or two, but a group of freshmen and inexperienced players got on track as MSU rolled past instate rival Southern Miss 91-58.
The Bulldogs (1-0) had five players score in double figures despite the youth, inexperience and rust they’re trying to shake off.
For more on MSU's win over Southern Miss, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News.