JACKSON, Miss. - No. 10 Mississippi State extended its road winning streak to 10 games with a 92-53 victory against Jackson State on Thursday night at Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs (5-0) currently hold the nation's second-longest road win streak, dating back to last season's victory at Washington. Jessika Carter narrowly missed a double-double on the night, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
"To have the opportunity to come down here and play in the state capital in front of some of our fans is a real blessing," said head coach Vic Schaefer. "I was proud of our team. I don't think we played real well. Too many turnovers. Give Jackson State credit. I thought those kids played really hard tonight and played really well.
"You're going to get everybody's best shot. That is the way it is. Right, wrong or indifferent, whether you deserve it or not, if you are wearing maroon with the words "Mississippi State" across your chest, you're going to get everyone's best shot. Our kids are learning that.
"I don't think we played that well, and we scored 92 points. We will go back, watch the film and get better. We go on the road now and life is about to get real, real. We have to go to Marquette Monday night then to Canada."
Rickea Jackson provided a spark off the bench with 13 points, while Andra Espinoza-Hunter recorded 12 points in her first start of the season. Myah Taylor rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points to go along with five assists and two steals.
For the game, State won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Tigers 57-45. Chloe Bibby attacked the boards all night long, grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive end.
Jordan Danberry made her presence felt on both ends of the floor, tallying six points, six rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks. State finished the game with 12 steals that helped lead to 25 points off 22 turnovers.
Mississippi State shot 47 percent from the field during the game, while holding the Tigers to just 31-percent shooting. MSU held a notable advantage in the paint, outscoring JSU 64-32 down low.
Jackson State (1-4) was led in scoring by Ameshya Williams, who posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Mississippi State had a slow start in the first period, shooting just 37 percent from the floor. However, three baskets by Carter got the offense going and allowed the Bulldogs to take an early 19-11 lead.
State picked things up in the second stanza. On the defensive end of the floor, MSU held Jackson State to 4-of-14 shooting from the field. The Bulldogs used a 13-1 run during the middle of the quarter and shot 52 percent from the floor to pull ahead for good. Carter and Jackson both dropped 11 points in the period to give State a 45-22 lead at halftime.
MSU locked things down on defense in the third period, holding Jackson State to just 25-percent shooting. Espinoza-Hunter and Taylor both had six points to push State's lead to 68-34. Nine different Bulldogs scored in the final frame as Mississippi State cruised to the 39-point victory.
Up next, State continues its five-game stretch away from home, traveling to Marquette for a Monday night matchup before heading to Canada for the Greater Victoria Invitational next week.