No. 10 Mississippi State downs Green Bay 83-58 in Victoria
VICTORIA, British Columbia — Jordan Danberry scored 21 points, Rikea Jackson and Chloe Bibby added 18 apiece and No. 10 Mississippi State beat Green Bay 83-58 in semifinal action at the Greater Victoria Invitational on Friday night.
Contrary to the lopsided score, the game was close for three quarters before the Bulldogs took control in the fourth quarter.
Frankie Wurtz led Green Bay with 12 points while Anna Dier supplied 11.
The Bulldogs (8-0), led by dynamic guard Danberry, have not had much trouble producing points this season.
Green Bay (4-3), on the other hand, is traditionally known for defense. And, after a slow start, the Phoenix managed to live up to it — while also showing some offensive flair at times.
True to form, the Bulldogs dominated in the early going, but Green Bay rallied to trail by just four points, 21-17, at the end of the first quarter. Then the teams spent much of the second quarter exchanging the lead as the Phoenix received some timely 3-pointers.
As a result, the Bulldogs went into their half only leading 38-36. But Green Bay’s defense was not as efficient in the third quarter, and its offense struggled, too as Mississippi State outscored the Wisconsin school 22-12 in the period and built a 60-48 advantage.
Capitalizing on turnovers, the Bulldogs stretched their lead early in the fourth quarter and cruised the rest of the way.
Mississippi State: The defending SEC-champion Bulldogs continue to roll along in the young season and display signs of being ready to shine again in conference play.
Green Bay: The Phoenix have built a reputation for defense but also are showing that they can compete offensively when required.
Mississippi State qualified for Saturday’s final against the winner of the other semifinal between No. 3 Stanford and Syracuse.
Green Bay will play for third place against the loser of the Stanford-Syracuse contest.