ITTA BENA, Miss. – The Mississippi Valley State University women’s basketball program is asking all fans and athletic staff in attendance for Saturday’s game to Pink Out the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex for its showdown with Texas Southern at 2 p.m.
What You Need to Know
- Time and Date: Saturday, February 19 (2 p.m.)
- Video: https://youtu.be/bKiAmccz6S0
- Audio: http://www.gwoodlive.com/ (Lee Hall & Joshua Davis)
- Tickets: https://www.impacttickets.com/
- Records: Mississippi Valley State (3-18, 2-11 SWAC) | Texas Southern (8-12 (8-5 SWAC)
- Location: Itta Bena, Mississippi – R.W. Harrison HPER Complex
- Series History: Mississippi Valley State Leads 42-39
- Last Meeting: January 10, 2022 | Texas Southern 100, Mississippi Valley State 66 | Houston, Texas (H&PE Arena)
- Winning Streak: Texas Southern (W9) | Mississippi Valley State’s Last Win: January 23, 2017 (75-74)
Mississippi Valley State Overview
The Green and White have crashed the offensive glass hard all season long, slotting in the top-30 in the country with an average 14.7 offensive boards a night. They also force a ton of mistakes, ranking top-20 nationally regarding turnovers forced per game at 20.86.
Ronni Williams enters her final homestand as a Devilette firmly entrenched as the leader of the team, averaging a SWAC-best and top-50 in the NCAA steal rate of 2.45, a top-40 nationwide assists a contest mark (5.2), the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference (1.36) and is one of only 25 players across the NCAA Division I landscape with a triple-double.
Mikayla Etienne is also known to swipe her share of steals, landing ninth on the conference leaderboard at 1.75 nightly while connecting on the fourth-most three-pointers per game (1.75).
Sarah Moore has notched three double-doubles on the season and two in-a-row coming into the weekend as she has taken her game to another level to end out the campaign. She currently resides third in the SWAC in the rebounding department, logging 186 boards for an average of 9.3.
Scouting The Opponent: Texas Southern Lady Tigers
Texas Southern started off the season slow but have turned up the heat, winning five of its last six ballgames including a nationally televised ten-point win over Grambling State.
The Maroon and Grey have a rare ability to force a bunch of turnovers without fouling, logging a top-30 average for turnovers forced (19.80) while committing the second-fewest fouls in the conference (366).
Adriana Avent has been the cog that turns the well-oiled Lady Tigers machine, ranking top-25 nationally for threes per game (2.65) and three-point percentage (43.3) while producing the second-most points (16.7) and seventh-highest field-goal percentage (40.1) in the SWAC.
Preseason All-Conference Second-Teamer Ataiya Bridges has been the motor, leading the league in free-throw percentage (82.9) and makes (92), placing third in assists per game (4.5), fifth for steals a night (2.11) and seventh regarding points per contest (14.9) to bring a well-rounded athlete to the floor.
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