Lady Bulldogs seek first SEC home win tonight

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s women are trying to make home a sweeter place.
The Lady Bulldogs (10-14, 2-10 SEC) are 0-6 so far in league home games, and they’ll try to remedy that tonight when Vanderbilt visits for a 7 o’clock tipoff at Humphrey Coliseum.
After winning two in a row on the road, MSU lost at home Sunday to South Carolina, 60-53. MSU has lost once already to Vandy (17-8, 8-4), a 65-44 decision on Jan. 6 in Nashville.
While State still struggles offensively, it’s picked things up on the defensive end, allowing an average of 49.3 points over the last three games. For the season, opponents are shooting 37.1 percent from the field against MSU, a stat that ranks fifth in the SEC.
Vanderbilt, which is tied for third in the standings, had a four-game winning streak halted by No. 4 Tennessee on Sunday. The Lady Commodores have five players averaging double figures, led by Hannah Tuomi (12.7 points per game), Jence Rhoads (12.6 ppg) and Jasmine Lister (12.4 ppg).