Teaira McCowan might feel the Clemson protection sporting down and the 6-foot-7 senior sensed the weak spot instantly, carving out good place beneath the hoop.
There was no need for Mississippi State to get fancy. Everybody knew where the ball was going.
“I did not should empty the playbook,” Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer stated. “I had one play.”
McCowan responded with 30 factors, eleven rebounds and 6 blocks to assist No. 1 seed Mississippi State roll to an 85-61 win over ninth-seeded Clemson on Sunday night time in the second spherical of the NCAA Event.
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Anriel Howard added 21 points for Mississippi State (32-2), which has gained 10 straight games in a streak that is lasted greater than a month. The Bulldogs have been in management throughout Sunday night time, jumping out to a 23-10 lead by the top of the primary quarter.
McCowan made 14 of 17 photographs, repeatedly getting good position near the rim for straightforward buckets. Howard shot 6 of 12 from the sector and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jordan Danberry added 18 points.
Clemson coach Amanda Butler stated it’s arduous to do develop a defense that may cease McCowan when she’s capable of catch the ball in such good spots.
“It didn’t really feel like a chess match,” Butler stated. “You get a reasonably straightforward checkmate when you have got a queen like her on the again line.”
Clemson (20-thirteen) briefly rallied in the third quarter, pulling inside fifty nine-forty six on Danielle Edwards’ three-pointer late within the third quarter. But the Bulldogs scored the last three points of the third quarter and slowly rebuilt the large lead.
Edwards and Simone Westbrook both scored 14 points for Clemson.
“Mississippi State is a troublesome group to guard,” Edwards stated. “They have some actually fast guards so each time we tried to press it was arduous to maintain them in front. After which you have got McCowan in submit, which is simply going to be a problem for anybody.”
Mississippi State opened in a suffocating full-courtroom press that pressured Clemson into 12 first-half turnovers. The Bulldogs scored sixteen factors off of these miscues and pushed to a forty one-22 lead by the break.
“I couldn’t be prouder of my group,” Schaefer stated. “I assumed defensively within the first half, that is nearly as good as we have been shortly.”
FINAL HOME GAME
It was a powerful last recreation for Mississippi State’s 4 starting seniors. McCowan, Howard, Danberry and level guard Jazzmun Holmes earned a curtain call from almost 10,000 followers following the win.
McCowan’s ultimate play in Humphrey Coliseum was typical of her profession. She swatted a shot from Clemson’s Aliyah Collier in the ultimate minute and then came out of the game to a huge roar from the gang.
“It was a fantastic factor to seal the deal,” McCowan stated with a smile. “I received the block, my sub got here and the remaining was history.”
McCowan has 1,901 factors in her career, giving her an outdoor shot at 2,000 with the potential of four games remaining. She has 1,474 career rebounds, which is tops in class historical past by greater than 350.
Clemson: The Tigers’ shock season involves an end, but dropping to Mississippi State on the Bulldogs’ residence courtroom is not any cause to be ashamed. Butler has built a strong foundation after main this system to its first NCAA Event since 2002 and its first tourney win since 2001.
“Everyone is aware of who Clemson is now,” Westbrook stated. “We really turned issues around. We’ve got every part to be pleased with.”
Mississippi State: It was all business for the Bulldogs, who obtained the large win in front of a packed Humphrey Coliseum. Things should get harder once they head to Portland, Oregon, next weekend.