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The Washington Huskies take on high powered Mississippi State in the Sweet Sixteen.

NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Lexington Regional-Washington vs Stanford Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Date: 3/24/2017

Tip-off Time: 4:00pm PST

TV: ESPN2

Radio: KOMO 1000

Mississippi State University:

Record: 31-4 (13-3)

Points Per Game: 76.3

Points Against Per Game: 56.2

Mississippi State Bulldogs:

MSU Roster.csv

No. Name Position Height Year
No. Name Position Height Year
00 Dominique Dillingham G 5-9 Sr.
1 Blair Schaefer G 5-7 Jr.
2 Morgan William G 5-5 Jr.
3 Breanna Richardson F 6-1 Sr.
4 Ameshya Williams F 6-2 Fr.
10 Jazzmun Holmes G 5-8 So.
11 Roshunda Johnson G 5-7 R-Jr.
12 Jacaira Allen G 5-10 Fr.
13 Ketara Chapel F 6-1 Sr.
15 Teaira McCowan C 6-7 So.
24 Jordan Danberry G 5-8 So.
25 Zion Campbell C 6-3 R-Fr.
35 Victoria Vivians G 6-1 Jr.
45 Chinwe Okorie C 6-5 Sr.

Bulldogs’ Key Players:

G-Blair Schaefer, Jr. 5-7: 5.1ppg, 1.0rpg, 39.6% 3pt, 83.8% FT

Being the coaches daughter can’t be easy, but lately Schaefer has found a new level. She has scored 39 points over her last 2 games, with a career high 21 points against Troy. Schaefer was not a starter during the regular season but, when the team lost 3 of their last 5 games, Coach Schaefer decided to mix things up a bit. This included starting his sharp shooting guard. Can she continue her offensive production against the Huskies? Time will tell.

G-Victoria Vivians, Jr. 6-1: 16.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 29.2% 3pt, 76.4% FT

Vivians has not had the best finish to the season. In the win against DePaul Vivians finished with 12 points, just 3-13 from the field, and 0-3 from 3 pt range. Just because she is in a slump doesn’t mean she isn’t a major threat The Huskies need to continue pressure on her and hopefully she won’t come back to form against them.

G-Morgan William, Jr. 5-5: 10.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 31.8% 3pt, 83.7% FT

Schaefers’ cornerstone this year has been William, she is the only player who has started every game. An exceptional point guard, William is very careful with the ball and is able to surgically pick apart defenses. During the DePaul game Williams was consistently able to get the ball into the Bulldogs post players, Okorie and McCowan. Expect to see McDonald stick to William like glue, it should be a great match-up.

C- Chinwe Okorie, Sr. 6-5: 7.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 49.4% FT

Before I talk about Chinwe Okorie’s basketball prowess, let me suggest that you read about her history and journey from Lagos, Nigeria. Life has thrown some difficult situations at Okorie’s feet and she has certainly risen above them.

Okorie has turned into a proficient scorer and rebounder. She is averaging 56.7% from the field, defending her will be critical for the Huskies. Once the ball gets to her under the basket it’s almost given that she will score. The Huskies will have to work hard to keep her from getting the ball in the paint.

C- Teaira McCowan, So. 6-7: 8.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 58.3% FT

McCowan is what I like to consider a true post player, she’s not just tall, she’s big. McCowan dominates the paint with presence. A stronger rebounder with an excellent touch on the ball, McCowan has the ability to take over a game. Coach Schaefer likes to call the tandem of McCowen and Okorie aircraft carriers. Okay, I’m not sure they are that big, but you get the point. Osahor and Collier will definitely have their hands full and may have to fight harder than they have this season for rebounds.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This game will give us points, lots of points. Both the Bulldogs and the Huskies seem to be peaking and are ready to collide in a fantastic display of offense.

This will be a difficult defensive task for the Huskies, they have yet to face such a commanding tandem of bigs. The key will be staying out of foul trouble while being as disruptive as possible. Obviously it will be imperative for us to win the rebounding battle, especially on the defensive boards. Second opportunity shots could be a disaster.

The last games for both of these teams saw stunning offensive numbers. The Huskies shot 57.1% from the field and 60% from 3 point. The Bulldogs shot 49.2% from the field, 33.3% from 3 point, and had 6 players in double digits. Okay, the 60% from three point is way more impressive, but can we realistically believe that is going to continue? Most likely not. But we can hope.

Prediction:

Washington 92- Mississippi State-86

Go Huskies!