Newcomers adjust to MSU women's way on court

Myah Taylor
Staff Writer

There are many familiar faces returning from last season’s NCAA National Semifinalist Mississippi State women’s basketball team.

Victoria Vivians, Blair Schaefer, Morgan William, Teaira McCowan, Roshunda Johnson and Jazzmun Holmes all contributed significant minutes to the run the Bulldogs had last March.

Blending in with that experience will be group of newcomers who look to make their mark at MSU and provide depth.

It’s been an adjustment for freshmen Myah Taylor, Nyah Tate and Chloe Bibby to the college game.

“I think they’ve gelled extremely well,” senior Blair Schaefer said. “It’s something for them as with anybody coming out of high school, it’s something to get used to, but I think we’re doing our best to be the example and help them grow as a player. I think our chemistry is growing. It’s an every day process, but they are doing great.”

Bibby is from Warracknabeal, Australia, and joins another first-year player in junior Jonika Garvin from Lake Forth, Florida, at forward.

Tate comes in as a guard from Terry and Taylor is a native of Olive Branch.

State women's head coach Vic Schaefer likes the new pieces that have been added to his program in terms of character and work ethic.

He knows the freshman came in and were shell-shocked at first.

"I think it’s been an eye-opening experience for them," coach Schaefer said. "The speed of the game is one of the biggest adjustments those young kids will have to make. I think they’ve gotten a real eye-opening experience, especially those guards."

Even though it may take Taylor, the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year, time to get comfortable with the Bulldogs, Vivians likes her game.

“She’s quick on and off the ball," Vivians said of Taylor. "I feel she is going to be a great asset to our game. I think her coming in is going to give us a different look. She’s been very confident. She’s been with our point guards and our point guards are confident so I think she fits right in with them.

“She doesn’t take anything for granted. When she goes out there, she works hard and doesn’t slack at all.”