Credit: Mississippi State Athletics
Senior guard Jerkaila Jordan and graduate student center Jessika Carter each turned double-doubles to lead Mississippi State to an 89-77 road win at Florida inside Stephen O’ Connell Center on Monday, Jan. 22.
With the win, Mississippi State improved to 16-5 overall and 3-3 in the SEC.
Jordan finished with her ninth career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes, while Carter added her 36th career double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds on 10-15 from the field in 37 minutes. Mississippi State is now 18-0 overall and 8-0 this season under head coach Sam Purcell when Carter records a double-double.
Senior guard Darrione Rogers added 11 points behind a 3-5 effort from behine the arc.
Mississippi State converted on four of its first five attempts to open the contest and build a 10-2 lead. A transition three from Rogers provided the Bulldogs with a 15-9 lead at the initial media timeout.
With Mississippi State up 17-12, Florida went on a 7-2 run over the back half of the first quarter to tie the contest at 19 at the end of the initial 10 minutes.
Jordan wrapped around a double-screen action and finished inside with an and-one to extend the margin to 28-23 with 5:38 left in the second quarter. Jordan scored 10 of her 13 first-half points in the second quarter.
Mississippi State converted on six of its final eight attempts in the first half to secure a 44-40 lead heading into the first half. The Bulldogs converted on 53 percent in the first half.
Park-Lane knocked down a three on the first possession out of halftime to push the lead to 47-40.
An inside finish from Carter closed out a quick 6-0 run over the first minute of the fourth quarter that kept the margin at 67-59 in favor of Mississippi State. The graduate student center finished 5-6 from the field with 10 points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter to propel the Bulldogs to the road win.
Mississippi State finished 51 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. Mississippi State outscored Florida 46-28 in the paint.
Mississippi State will be back in action when it hosts LSU in its We Back Pat game on Monday, Jan. 29 inside Humphrey Coliseum on ESPN2.