STARKVILLE -- Anastasia Rentouli didn't know what happened. In one moment, Rentouli, the No. 4 singles player in the Mississippi State women's tennis team's lineup, was leading Vanderbilt's 98th-ranked Amanda Meyer. The next moment, Rentouli wasn't.
STARKVILLE The Bulldog in the 2017-18 Mississippi State women's basketball team reared its head Monday night. MSU coach Vic Schaefer said it best following his squad's 71-56 victory against Oklahoma State that he felt like the Bulldogs "bowed their neck" and showed the toughness and grit he loves to see in his players.
STARKVILLE -- Junior first baseman Sarai Niu can sense the difference in the Mississippi State softball team this season.
Gunter Brewer has found a way to stay in a comfort zone. Whether it has been coaching in his home state of Mississippi, working with familiar peers in the profession or in places he has lived, Brewer has been fortunate not to experience too much radical change in his career.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State baseball team accomplished its mission Wednesday night. Coming off three losses in its first Southeastern Conference series and with a set of league games against Missouri scheduled for this weekend, MSU interim coach Gary Henderson hoped to win two home mid-week games and save his pitching staff. MSU realized that goal Wednesday in an 11-6 victory against Texas Southern at Dudy Noble.
STARKVILLE -- The only thing covering Nick Fitzgerald's right ankle was a cleat and tape. After weeks of demobilization and rehabilitation from the injury he suffered in the 2017 Egg Bowl, Mississippi State's starting quarterback was on the practice field for the first spring practice of the Joe Moorhead era.
STARKVILLE -- By the time the seventh inning ended Tuesday night, Josh Hatcher already had two doubles, a single, two RBIs, and a walk. He also had played errorless first base.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team's quarterback competition could be on hold, at least briefly. The reigning national champion Crimson Tide opened spring practice Tuesday with an intriguing battle between two-year starter Jalen Hurts, who's 26-2 in that role, and title game hero Tua Tagovailoa. It won't hit full steam until Tagovailoa recovers from a thumb injury on his throwing hand he sustained in the first practice.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Tuesday night to lead the Mississippi State men's basketball team to a 79-56 victory against Louisville in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
STARKVILLE -- The national spotlight continues to shine of the Mississippi State softball program as the calendar hits the second half of the season.
STARKVILLE -- Johnnie Harris has been by Vic Schaefer's side in the six years they have worked to put the Mississippi State women's basketball program on the national map.
OXFORD -- Thomas Dillard had four RBIs Tuesday to lead the No. 7 Ole Miss baseball team to a 9-4 victory against New Orleans at Swayze Field.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team has thrived on punching first and refusing to allow opponents to get up off the mat. But sometimes the sweet science of March Madness relies on subtle adjustments instead of a haymaker that renders the other team helpless.
Blayze Berry is back with a vengeance. If you ever wondered what it was like to miss something you loved, just ask the Heritage Academy sophomore infielder/pitcher what it was like last year to suffer a season-ending medial patellofemoral ligament injury.
STARKVILLE -- Dionnah Jackson-Durrett could tell the difference in Morgan William on Monday night. Maybe it's a point-guard thing that allowed the Mississippi State assistant women's basketball coach to recognize the senior leader had a different air about her for the team's second-round NCAA tournament matchup against No. 9 seed Oklahoma State.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer doesn't often use the word "dominate" to describe an opponent's performance against his defense. That Schaefer used that term when discussing the effort of Oklahoma State's Loryn Goodwin in the Mississippi State women's basketball team's 79-76 victory in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Dec. 3 in Starkville speaks volumes about the ability of the graduate student.
STARKVILLE -- Gary Henderson likes to withhold judgment until the 75 at-bat mark. Henderson's experience as an assistant coach and as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference tells him misleading conclusions come from sample sizes smaller than that.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State men's basketball team spent the first part of the season at home building momentum. Coach Ben Howland's team won its first nine games in Starkville to set the stage for its first road game, which it lost at Cincinnati.
OXFORD -- Kermit Davis was comfortable at Middle Tennessee, but after 16 seasons he was ready for the challenge of leading a program in the Southeastern Conference.
STARKVILLE -- Jim Littell has enjoyed the journey. These days, there aren't very many coaches who have worked at nearly every level of their sport and have climbed to the top of the profession.
1. Fitzgerald limited in MSU's spring opener COLLEGE SPORTS
2. MSU men beat Louisville to reach semifinals of NIT COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Third-quarter surge makes MSU three times sweet COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Tagovailoa injures hand in Alabama's spring practice COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Hatcher plays key role in rout COLLEGE SPORTS