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State women learn from last year experience

October 17, 2013

Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer speaks into the microphone during Southeastern Conference media days Thursday. (Photo by Dave Martin, AP)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Mississippi State women's basketball team experienced some growing pains last year.
Even though there were some tough losses along the way, the Bulldogs experienced a great high when they upset No. 11 Georgia 50-38 in the final home game of the season.
MSU turned up the defensive pressure that night and only allowed the visiting Bulldogs five made baskets in each half.
It was a performance a defensive-minded coach like Mississippi State's Vic Schaefer can take pride in.
"Only a basketball person has an appreciation for how hard that is to do," Schaefer said during Southeastern Conference media days Thursday. "Quite frankly, we didn't have any business beating No. 11 Georgia and (coach) Andy (Landers) probably had a Final Four team, but for that game, our kids put it all together and just really were committed every possession. Our kids that night really saw what it takes to beat a quality opponent and we beat severval quality opponents last year."

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