No. 2 seed Mississippi State displayed pure talent in shooting down the Troy Lady Trojans 110-69 Friday afternoon in Starkville. No. 15 seeded Troy had no answer and fell behind 56-27 at the half.
Coach Vic Schaefer was able to play a number of his reserve players including Ameshya Williams, the former West Harrison High School standout. Williams connected on 5 of 7 shots from the field, was 5 of 5 from the free throw line and closed out with 15 points. Jazzmun Holmes, a former Harrison Central High School standout netted 4 points.
Blair Schaefer led Mississippi State with 21 points. She was 4 of 7 from three point range. Victoria Vivians, who has been in a slump, netted 13 points.
Coach Schaefer said, "I’m just really proud of my team, my university and my fans today. I don’t know what else is going on across the country, but what we have here is really special. The electricity in that building makes it so special. I’m proud of my team, and we’ve got our work cut out for us on Sunday.”
Coach Schaefer used a lineup change and it resulted in a positive outcome.
“It worked fine, and we’ll just keep it at that, "said Schaefer. "There’s so much that goes into being in this position. At this point in the season, you want to make sure everybody is focused and where they need to be. You’ve got to find a way to keep an edge. I never had second thoughts. Sometimes there are changes to be made and you just have to do it.”
Mississippi State advances into the second-round game on Sunday in Humphrey Coliseum facing No. 7 seed DePaul, an 88-67 winner over UNI.
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