PORTLAND, OR (WLBT) - The Mississippi State women are back in the Sweet 16 for the 4th straight season. Something that is really impressive about MSU this season is what head coach Vic Schaefer has been able to do with the starting lineup. It features four new starters including two that haven’t even been in Starkville for more than nine months.
Those two are graduate transfer Anriel Howard and UConn transfer Andra Espinoza-Hunter.
Espinoza-Hunter, also known as “Andy,” stepped into the void left by Chloe Bibby’s season-ending injury and now leads the Bulldogs with 62 three-pointers.
“My teammates and coaches confidence in me helps my confidence in myself,” Andy said.
“She’s really been that player that we’re able to go to to hit those big shots,” Bibby said. “Everyone is collapsing in on Teaira (McCowan) and Anriel (Howard) because they’re so good. We need something like that out there. She’s done a great job. I think the whole team has really helped to fill that role.”
Mississippi State will face Arizona State Friday evening in the NCAA Portland Regional Semifinals. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. central time at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Should the Dawgs advance to the Elite 8 for the third straight year, they will be just the 15th program to put together such a streak.