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UW Huskies vs. No. 4 Mississippi State: Projected starting lineups and scouting reports

First meeting against No. 4 Mississippi State and star Teaira McCowan since the Bulldogs defeated Washington 75-64 in the 2017 NCAA tournament Sweet 16.

UW women vs. No. 4 Mississippi State
Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, Alaska Airlines Arena.
Radio: KKNW 1150 AM
Records: UW (7-4): Mississippi State (10-1).

Projected starting lineups:

MSU
Player Ht. … Yr. … PPG … RPG … APG
G Jordan Danberry … 5-8 … Sr. … 11.4 … 3.5 … 3.4
G Jazzmun Holmes … 5-8 … Sr. … 8.0 ….. 1.6 … 5.6
F Anriel Howard … 5-11 … Sr. … 16.1 … 8.4 … 1.9
F Chloe Bibby … 6-1 … So. … 11.8 … 4.2 … 4.5
C Teaira McCowan … 6-7 …. Sr. … 17.4 … 12.6 … 0.7

UW
Player Ht … Yr … PPG … RPG … APG
G Jenna Moser … 5-6 … Sr. … 5.6 ….. 2.5 …… 1.9
G Amber Melgoza … 5-10 … Jr. … 19.9 … 5.7 …… 3.2
G Missy Peterson … 5-11 … So. .. 10.6 … 4.1 …… 2.1
F Mai-Loni Henson … 6-1 … Jr. … 6.3 …. 5.2 …… 2.4
F Hannah Johnson … 6-1 … Sr. … 6.4 …. 5.8 …… 1.0

Scouting report: No. 4 Mississippi State is the highest ranked non-conference opponent to play at Alaska Airlines since No. 1 Connecticut made a visit on Nov. 24, 2000 with Sue Bird. Washington lost that game 100-54. … UW and MSU enter Thursday’s non-conference finale with a loss that snapped losing streaks. … The Huskies won eight straight home games against non-conference opponents before Sunday’s 73-69 defeat against Boise State in the Husky Classic championship game. The contest was decided in the final 12 seconds when Amber Melgoza drew a controversial charge that negated a game-tying basket and sent her to the bench for good with five fouls. … Mississippi State saw its 46-game non-conference win streak in regular-season play snapped with an 82-74 loss at No. 7 Oregon on Tuesday night. … MSU was whistled for a season-high 20 fouls while being held a season-low 25 rebounds. … Heading into the week, the Bulldogs were the second-highest scoring team in the country averaging 92.3 points per game. They also rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense (50.3 ppg) for the country’s best scoring margin (+42.0). … MSU leads the SEC in field goal percentage (51.2%), field goal percentage defense (34.0%), rebounding margin (+17.7), blocked shots (7.6 bpg) and assists (19.5 apg). … Washington and Mississippi State last met in the 2017 NCAA tournament Sweet 16 when the Bulldogs claimed a 75-64 victory. … In the game, MSU star Teaira McCowan, who is projected as a top-3 pick in next year’s WNBA draft, scored 20 of her career-high 26 points in the fourth while converting 12 of 18 shots in 29 minutes. … In her last outing, McCowan finished with a season-low five points and 12 rebounds against Oregon.

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