STARKVILLE - Jessika Carter recorded her first double-double of the season, and JaMya Mingo-Young posted another career performance as No. 6 Mississippi State defeated New Orleans, 106-51, at Humphrey Coliseum on Wednesday night.
Carter led all players with 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, 10 boards and three assists. Mingo-Young notched a career-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, a career-high-tying five assists and two steals. The sophomore guard was nearly perfect from the field, knocking down eight of her nine shots.
"First of all, I'm really glad to have another opportunity to play in The Hump with fans," said head coach Nikki McCray-Penson. "I'm thankful for all the fans that showed up. As far as the play, I just want to compliment New Orleans. They're a team that is small, but they're very scrappy. Obviously, our size played a big factor. They're a team that is never going to die down and back down. They're going to play their style of basketball. For us, we got the win. I thought defensively we were just slow to the ball. We just didn't do what we wanted to do defensively for the 40 minutes. We had some mental lapses there, but it doesn't matter. You just have to come out and understand the game plan for 40 minutes. So, we'll get better at that.
"Some positives that I take away, we shot 63 percent. For them being so small, we scored a lot in the paint, which was a big emphasis for us. I thought we really dominated the paint. Hopefully, it gave Jess and Yemiyah Morris some confidence, especially as we continue to play games. We want to establish ourselves on the inside. We held them to nine points in the fourth quarter, so that was a positive, as well as nine points in the first quarter."
Mississippi State (2-0) had a clear size advantage in the contest, and the Bulldogs attacked the paint all game. State outscored New Orleans 72-12 down low and dominated the battle on the glass 51-16. MSU grabbed 16 offensive boards and turned that into 23 second-chance points.
The Bulldogs had the hot hand all night, shooting 63 percent from the field for the game and assisting on 22 baskets. Defensively, MSU held New Orleans (1-1) to just 32 percent shooting and forced 16 turnovers that led to 23 points for State.
Rickea Jackson dropped 16 points and five rebounds, while Morris matched her career high in points with 14 to round out the double-digit scorers. She also finished with six rebounds and one block.
Several other Bulldogs stuffed the stat sheets during the win. Sidney Cooks totaled nine points, four assists and three rebounds, and Aliyah Matharu added eight points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Madison Hayes posted seven points, eight rebounds and two assists. Myah Taylor five points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals.
The Bulldogs had the hot hand in the first quarter, shooting 58 percent from the floor to take an early 25-9 lead. State ended the period on a 13-3 run to gain the momentum.
Mississippi State didn't let up in the second stanza, dropping 32 points while shooting 65 percent from the field. Defensively, MSU forced six turnovers in the frame that led to 11 points. Mingo-Young had seven points in the period, while Carter and Matharu each added six points to fuel the offense.
Mingo-Young and Carter both finished with 11 points in the first half. The Bulldogs held a sizable advantage in the paint, outscoring 42-6 down low. MSU used a 13-4 run down the stretch to enter halftime with a 57-28 lead.
Carter went off in the third quarter, posting eight points and five boards. State assisted on eight of its 11 field goals in the frame to tire out the New Orleans defense. The Bulldogs entered the final stanza with an 83-42 advantage. Mississippi State outscored the Privateers 23-9 to finish the game strong and eclipse 100 points for the first time since dropping 122 against Troy on Nov. 18, 2019.
Up next, Mississippi State will travel to face USF on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Yuengling Center. The Bulls were the preseason favorites to win the American Athletic Conference this season. The game will tip at 6 p.m. CT and can be streamed on ESPN+ and the MSU Radio Network.