Bulldogs look to avenge December loss to Ducks

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to next week’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida.

Posted: Mar 30, 2019 6:44 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2019 10:57 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - Mississippi State has the chance to avenge its second loss when the Bulldogs meet the No. 7/7 Oregon Ducks at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday in the Portland Regional Championship. The game will air on ESPN with Dave Pasch, LaChina Robinson and Brooke Weisbrod on the call.

Fans can listen to the action on the MSU Radio Network and online via HailState.com/Plus and the TuneIn app.

The Bulldogs (33-2, 15-1 SEC) have already avenged one of their two losses with a 71-56 victory against Missouri in the SEC Tournament this month. Now, State will look to answer an 82-74 loss from the non-conference slate with a trip to the Final Four on the line for a third straight year.

Teaira McCowan has made quite the impact on the NCAA Tournament. MSU’s senior center surpassed LSU’s Sylvia Fowles (2005-08) for the all-time tournament rebounding record on Friday with 225 career boards to date. McCowan and MSU’s senior class is 15-3 in the NCAA Tournament over the last four years.

McCowan also broke her own MSU single-season record in Friday’s Sweet 16 game with her 30th double-double of the year.

The winner of Sunday’s game will advance to next week’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida. The Portland Regional is paired with the Greensboro Regional in the national semifinals. The Bulldogs would play the winner of Monday’s game between Baylor and Iowa.

GAME INFORMATION
Opponent: Oregon
Location: Portland, Oregon (Moda Center)

Time: Sunday, 1 p.m. CT

Watch: ESPN (PxP – Dave Pasch; Analyst – LaChina Robinson; Sideline – Brooke Weisbrod)
Listen: MSU Radio Network and HailState.com/Plus (PxP – Jason Crowder; Analyst – Charlie Winfield)

SERIES HISTORY

Overall: MSU leads 3-1

At MSU: MSU leads 1-0

At UO: UO leads 1-0

Neutral Sites: MSU leads 2-0

Last Meeting: UO, 82-74 (12/18/18 in Eugene)

10 THINGS TO KNOW

MSU is playing in the Elite 8 for the third consecutive year. Should the Dawgs advance to the Final Four for the third straight year, they will be just the 7th team to put together such a streak.
MSU has recorded 104 wins since 2016-17, 2nd only to UConn (106) in that span. The Dawgs’ senior class is 15-3 in the NCAA Tournament.
McCowan became the all-time leading rebounder in the history of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night with her 222nd rebound in Tournament play, surpassing LSU’s Sylvia Fowles (2005-08). McCowan achieved the mark in 3 fewer games and now boasts 225 career boards in the tournament.
ESPNW National Coach of the Year Vic Schaefer has collected 194 wins in seven years at MSU. That is more than notable coaches such as Muffet McGraw (Notre Dame), Kim Mulkey (Baylor) and Geno Auriemma (UConn) put together in their first seven years at their current schools.
The Bulldogs entered the Portland Regional as the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense (86.6 ppg). MSU is 34th in the country allowing 57.5 ppg, but State leads the nation in scoring margin (+29.1).
MSU has trailed for a total of 108:53 out of 1,400 minutes this season. In the last 10 games (400 minutes), State has only trailed for a combined 32:55.
Espinoza-Hunter’s 41.6 percent three-point percentage currently sits 8th in MSU single-season history. She has scored 65.1 percent of her points (192) off three-point shots and has 10 games with 3 or more made threes this season.
McCowan has scored double figures in 33 of 35 games this year. In 16 of those games she has scored 20+ points.
Jazzmun Holmes led the nation in assist/turnover ratio (4.33) entering the Regional and has broken the Bulldogs’ single-season assist record with 182 dimes this year. Holmes boasts 456 career assists and is just one shy of moving into a tie for 3rd in school history.
McCowan broke her own MSU single-season record with her 30th double-double of the year on Friday.

LAST TIME OUT FOR MSU...

MSU became the 15th program in NCAA Tournament history to advance to three consecutive Elite Eights with a 76-53 victory against No. 22/20 Arizona State.
Teaira McCowan became the all-time leading rebounder in NCAA Tournament history with her 222nd rebound, surpassing LSU’s Sylvia Fowles (2005-08).
McCowan also recorded her 30th double-double of the season, breaking her own MSU single-season record of 29 set last year.
State held the Sun Devils scoreless for nearly the final six minutes of play, allowing just one three-point basket at the 1:11 mark of the fourth quarter.
Jazzmun Holmes (13), Andra Espinoza-Hunter (12), Jordan Danberry (11) and Anriel Howard (11) marked all 5 Bulldog starters scoring in double figures.

GET TO KNOW THE OPPONENT…

No. 2-seed Oregon (32-4, 16-2 Pac-12) will be the 9th ranked matchup MSU plays in as the Ducks check in at No. 7/7 in the polls.
The Ducks defeated No. 6-seed South Dakota State, 63-53, to advance to the Elite Eight for the 3rd straight season.
MSU and Oregon met in December in Eugene, where Oregon claimed an 82-74 victory against the Bulldogs. The Ducks remain State’s only unavenged loss.
Sabrina Ionescu, Satou Sabally and Ruthy Hebard are all finalists for their respective Naismith Starting 5 Awards.

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