Mississippi State’s women delivered another resilient performance at the World University Games, roaring past China in the fourth quarter to win 87-79 on Sunday.
The victory sends the Bulldogs – playing in Italy as USA Team – to a semifinal game Monday at 10:30 a.m. CDT against Japan.
China held an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter on Sunday, but USA Team closed on a 17-1 run.
“With six minutes to go, I called a timeout because we couldn’t score and weren’t defending,” said head coach Vic Schaefer. “In the huddle, we talked about toughness. We were going to find out about ourselves. I don’t think anyone could have expected what we got from that young group.”
Incoming MSU freshman Rickea Jackson posted another great performance, recording her first double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds. She scored nine of her team’s final 15 points. Junior Yemiyah Morris added 10 points and 13 rebounds.
USA Team outscored China 62-24 in the paint.
In a tuneup match last week, USA Team edged Japan 79-78 by scoring the game’s last five points.
"I'm sure they have a little revenge on their mind,” Schaefer said.