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McCowan, Bulldogs power past TK Hannover in Florence

The Bulldogs are 2-0 on their tour of Italy.

Posted: Aug 13, 2018 2:41 PM

FLORENCE, Italy (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – Teaira McCowan put together another dominant performance in the post, tallying 23 points and 14 rebounds as Mississippi State defeated German professional team TK Hannover 72-49 Monday afternoon outside Florence, Italy.

McCowan actually posted her second-straight double-double of the tour in the first half, as she collected 19 points before seeing limited action in the second half.

Sophomore Chloe Bibby also turned in another double-digit scoring performance, notching 13 points on the night, 11 in the first half.

"I thought we played really well," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "It was a very physical game, and the more physical for Teaira the better. Some of us were up to the challenge with how physical it was, but we have to go a long way with our young depth. They have a lot to learn, which is why this trip is so important for them.

"Our veterans continue to play like veterans. Chloe continues to shoot it well, and she along with Teaira, Jazz (Holmes) and Jo (Danberry) are doing a heck of a job from a veteran standpoint. It was a good win today against a really good team."

McCowan, the Bulldogs' All-American senior center, scored nine points in the first quarter, including five of MSU's final 10 of the frame, to help put State out to an early 20-13 edge.

As it did in the tour opener in Rome, Mississippi State turned up the defensive pressure in the second quarter, out-scoring TK Hannover 23-14 to take a 43-27 lead to the break.

Bibby ignited the second-quarter offense with nine-straight points, and McCowan followed by pouring in the final 10 points of the period.

Freshmen Daphane White and Xaria Wiggins each added five points, and Anriel Howard, Iggy Allen and Zion Campbell contributed four points apiece.

Prior to Monday's game, the Bulldogs had the opportunity to tour the historic city of Florence and visit the Accademia Gallery, home of Michelangelo's famous sculpture "The David."

State loads the bus on Tuesday and heads to Venice, where it will have the opportunity to ride in the famous gondolas and also see sites such as St. Marc's Square, Procuratie Vecchi and the Bridge of Sighs.

The Bulldogs tour Trieste on Wednesday before trekking to Como on Thursday for its final game of the tour against International Select.

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