No. 10 Mississippi St cruises to 108-62 win over Villanova

BANGOR, Maine (AP) Roshunda Johnson scored 21 points, Jazzmun Holmes and Morgan William both added 12 and No. 10 Mississippi State cruised to a 108-62 season-opening win over Villanova on Friday night.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 25-12 lead in the first quarter and a 55-26 advantage by halftime. Johnson, a 5-foot-7 junior transfer from Oklahoma State, made 8 of 9 shots from the field in her first game with the Bulldogs, including 3 of 4 3-pointers.

She needed just 14 minutes on the court to score her 21 points.

Seven Mississippi State players scored in double figures, including Chinwe Okorie, who had 11 points and eight rebounds. The Bulldogs shot 60.3 percent (38 of 63) from the field and made 80 percent (28 of 35) of their free throws.

Villanova was led by freshmen Kelly Jekot and Mary Gedaka, who both scored 12 points off the bench. The Wildcats made just 1 of 14 (7.1 percent) shots from 3-point range.


Villanova: The Wildcats were overmatched against one of the nation's better teams. They should get a more realistic test against Purdue on Saturday.

Mississippi St: The Bulldogs did what they were expected to do in an early-season tuneup. Johnson's immediate impact bodes well for depth in the backcourt this season.


Villanova: The Wildcats will face Purdue on Saturday.

Mississippi St: The Bulldogs will face Maine on Saturday.