STARKVILLE, Miss. | Alabama State (0-1) fell short in their season opener, 91-62, on the road against Mississippi State inside Humphrey Coliseum on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hornets kept it close in the first quarter, outrebounding the Bulldogs 12-5 early including seven offensive and shooting 52.9 (10-for-19) percent from the field in the first ten minutes of play. Farrah Pearson (Hazel Green, Ala.) led Alabama State with six in the quarter, trailing 30-23 after one.
Alabama State struggled offensively in the second period, as Mississippi State gained their second double digit lead with just over seven minutes left in the half and did not look back, outscoring the Hornets 23-8 run in the frame.
Out of the break, the momentum remained the same as the Bulldogs extended their lead in the third and never trailed in the game, taking the win to start the season.
Pearson finished with 11 points and six rebounds, while Tamia Stallings (Brookhaven, Miss.) also added 11 to go along with eight rebounds of her own. Ayana Emmanuel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) also scored ten points to join the forwards as the three Hornets to reach double figure point totals.
The Bulldogs were led by the trio of Anastasia Hayes, Rickea Jackson and JerKaila Jordan. Jackson scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Hayes and Jackson added 17 and 15 points respectively.
- Transfers provided much needed depth in the opener, with Stallings reaching double figures and graduate transfer Jada Nneji (Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada) grabbing 10 rebounds in their ASU debuts.
- Alabama State outrebounded Mississippi State 50-48, including 22 offensive that produced 26 second chance points
- The Hornets scored 26 points in the paint and 20 bench points on the afternoon.
Alabama State will travel to Tampa, Florida for a matchup against South Florida on Thursday, with tip-off scheduled for 7 pm (EST).
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