With a 79-64 wire-to-wire victory against Missouri at Mizzou Arena on Thursday night, Mississippi State set a new program record with its 14th straight road win.
The 13th-ranked Bulldogs (15-2, 3-0 SEC) own Division I’s longest active road win streak that dates back to last year’s victory at Washington.
“I am awfully proud of my team today,” said head coach Vic Schaefer. “I am really proud of the way we came out and started the game. It was a 9-2 run, and they had to call a time out. I didn’t think we took our foot off the gas that entire first half. It was 44-22. Just like most young teams, we can’t piece together four quarters. Give Missouri credit. They came out and competed like I knew they would. I just have so much respect for Robin Pingeton, her staff and that team.”
Reigning SEC Freshman of the Week Rickea Jackson had another strong performance, dropping a career-high 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds to pace Mississippi State. Jordan Danberry also continued her impressive play with 18 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Chloe Bibby rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points behind a trio of 3-pointers and eight boards.
The Bulldogs forced 23 turnovers in the game behind 10 steals and converted that in to 26 points. State won the battle in the paint, outscoring the Tigers (4-12, 1-2 SEC) down low 46-26 and holding a 38-32 advantage on the glass.
State opened the game on a 9-2 run during the first three and a half minutes of play. Bibby knocked down a deep 3-pointer to force Missouri to take a timeout. The Bulldogs didn’t let up after the break. Jackson dropped 12 points in the quarter to help State take an early 23-11 lead.
Mississippi State continued to hold the momentum in the second stanza, as the Bulldogs extended their advantage to 44-22 going into halftime. Bibby knocked down a pair of threes in the period, while Danberry added six points of her own to fuel the offense.
For the half, State forced 18 Missouri turnovers that resulted in 18 points for the Bulldogs. MSU shot 54 percent from the field compared to just 40 percent for the Tigers. In the paint, State held a 22-12 scoring advantage.
MU had a strong third period as six Tigers found their way into the scoring column to outscore Mississippi State in the period, 20-18. The Bulldogs shot just 35 percent (7-of-20) from the field in the quarter but held on to a 20-point lead, going into the final frame up, 62-42.
Missouri shot 58 percent in the fourth quarter, but State’s lead was too much for the Tigers to overcome as MSU lead by double digits for the final 31 minutes of the game.