Starkville, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's basketball team earned their sixth victory of the season Tuesday night with its blowout victory over ULM, 94-39. The game was played without fans due to inclement weather in Starkville and the surrounding areas.
Mississippi State came to play on a stormy Tuesday night in the Hump. The Bulldogs held ULM to just two points in the first quarter, tied for the fewest points allowed in any quarter in program history, and took a commanding 21-2 lead after the first. The lead eventually swelled to as much as 55 points late in the fourth quarter, their second-largest lead of the season. MSU shot 55% from the floor while holding ULM to just 25% shooting.
The Bulldogs had five players score in double digits on Tuesday. JerKaila Jordan led the way with the first 20-point game by a Bulldog this season. Jordan added seven rebounds, three assists and a steal to her totals. Following closely behind Jordan in scoring were Kourtney Weber and Asianae Johnson, who each had 14, followed by Debreasha Powe with 12 and Jessika Carter with 10.
Weber started hot, scoring 10 points in the first quarter, with six coming from behind the three-point line. Jessika Carter led the team with nine rebounds, coming just shy of her fourth double-double.
Alasia Hayes came off the bench making a solid statement hitting a pair of three-point shots, the first of her career, to open up the fourth quarter. Charlotte Kohl recorded a season-high of seven rebounds.
- MSU did not allow ULM to make a three (0-for-12). It's the first time State had held an opponent to no made threes since Jan. 16, 2020, when LSU went 0-for-4.
- Jessika Carter recorded two blocked shots and has an even 20 on the season. She's averaging 2.5 per game.
- MSU started the game on a 20-2 run and had additional 15-0 and 14-2 runs throughout the game.
- Mississippi State outscored ULM 33-12 in the third quarter
- Alasia Hayes knocked down her first career three-pointer early in the fourth quarter • Jordan is the first Bulldog this season to score 20-points in a game
- MSU had a season-high 45 points from its bench
- State had 13 steals on the night. They have recorded at least 12 steals in all but one game this season
- This was Mississippi State's second game, first since the season-opener, with at least 20 assists. They had 22
- Anastasia Hayes had six assists. It's the sixth game this season that Annie has had at least six assists.
Quoting Coach Purcell
"It's funny and ironic after a week of Thanksgiving full of being thankful. First and foremost, I appreciate administration. I appreciate ULM for moving [the game] up because of storms in the area and our fans for being understanding that we just had the game for safety reasons. We were able to play, but we missed them. So excited about our team coming out, 94-39 with no fans. It was just three years ago we had COVID and experienced this, and that's where I'm grateful and thankful. Playing at home on Sunday is going to feel good we can have everyone back in and get a crowd behind our team. I'm excited, we had a long road trip with a delay. For us to come back in a short period after playing Saturday in a heartbreaker against Nebraska, all day travel on Sunday. We had the best bus driver in the country, who happens to be in the room, bring us back late at night. Kids went to school, early practice and to turn around and play today, I couldn't be more excited, especially being able to play so many players."
On creating momentum with no fans
"It is difficult. Also, I referenced we were in San Juan. San Juan was an awesome tournament, but there aren't any fans either. It's kind of ironic, the situation we had at Thanksgiving. We probably had 20 fans. 11 of them were Ahlana's family and there were two pigeons in the stadium that happened to fly in. So, I told our young women it is like us being back in San Juan with no water and no pigeons. We were able to keep that mindset, but I promise you this; we would rather be back at The Hump playing with our fan base all cheering behind us."
The Bulldogs will be back inside Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 4, when they host Grambling State. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.