Following a pair of rough performances against Troy and Jackson State, Mississippi State women's basketball showed out in a blowout 85-47 win over South Carolina State on Monday at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs (9-3) led South Carolina State (0-11) from that start and never relented as they cruised 40-14 halftime lead.
Mississippi State was led by a dominant defensive performance, holding South Carolina State to 35% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs also forced 14 turnovers which led to 25 points.
Offensively the Bulldogs' were very balanced finishing with six players in double-digit scoring with Caterrion Thompson scoring 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting including three 3-pointers.
Here's what we learned from the Bulldogs' victory.
Despite beating Jackson State 77-63 on Sunday, Mississippi State's performance was far from its best, especially coming off its upset loss to Troy on Saturday. That's why Monday's win was a welcome sight for Bulldogs' fans.
Mississippi State led by as many as 39 points.
The Bulldogs also played a relatively clean game, turning the ball over only 11 times and allowing South Carolina State to get to the free-throw line just one time.
Dominant on the glass
The biggest disparity between the two teams came in rebounding, where Mississippi State asserted its dominance.
The Bulldogs finished with 52 rebounds, 33 of which came in the first half and ultimately outrebounded South Carolina 52-24. Denae Carter led the way with 14 boards
It allowed the Lady Bulldogs four second-chance points while scoring 15 of their own on 21 offensive rebounds.
Strong rebounding has been a trend for Mississippi State for much of the season as the Bulldogs have has lost just one game in which they secured 40 or more rebounds. They had 33 and 39 rebounds in their losses to Michigan and Troy, respectively.
"Slowly but surely, we were starting to attack the paint against these sagging zones and get some inside scoring and some inside-out scoring," said Mississippi State interim coach Doug Novak. "When you get them scrambling, they aren't in as good of a rebounding position, so I think it's a combination of both for sure. We were all embarrassed by those rebounding numbers from that (Troy) game, and then we did a little better job of positioning players."
Strong shooting performance
One of the areas of struggle for Mississippi State this season has been its 3t-point shooting. The Bulldogs have shot over 30% from beyond the arc in only four games and were at 20% and 19% against Troy and Jackson State, respectively.
Monday's performance was much stronger, however, as the Bulldogs shot 36% on 19 attempts from beyond the arc. Myah Taylor and Ashley Jones led the way as they went 2-of-3 and 3-of-5, respectively.
This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State women's basketball beats South Carolina State