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State's women start SEC play against Florida

January 1, 2014

Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer, right, gives instruction to point guard Jerica James during a game. (Photo courtesy of Lee Adams)

Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer calls the start of Southeastern Conference play "the monster the next two months."
The Bulldogs have to start dealing with that "monster" tonight when they make the trip to Florida.
After watching MSU struggled to get a 40-34 halftime lead against Mississippi Valley State Monday night, Schaefer wonders if his team is ready for the challenge the SEC schedule presents.
Schaefer was encouraged about the practice on Sunday prior to playing on Monday, but became very frustrated with the Bulldogs in the first half. It was a half where MSU only shot 38.7 percent (12-of-31) from the field.
"If you have one of those first halves (in the SEC), you might be down so far that you can't get back," Schaefer said. "We have a good crowd and we are stinking it up. Are we ready? Not right now, but thank goodness, we (had) two days to get ready.
"You are 13-1, but there are so many things that we know we've got to clean up before conference starts."

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