Mississippi State’s basketball women moved up to No. 3 in the Associated Press weekly basketball poll, released Monday morning.

The Lady Bulldogs, 66-44 winners over Ole Miss Sunday, moved ahead of Baylor, which lost a home game to No. 8 Texas last week.

State (25-1) follows No. 1 ranked Connecticut (24-0) and No. 2 Maryland (25-1). Baylor (24-2) dropped to fourth. South Carolina (21-2), the only team to beat State, is ranked No. 6. South Carolina and Connecticut play tonight in a game televised by ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

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Cold-shooting State still dominates Ole Miss.


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Rick Cleveland, a native of Hattiesburg and resident of Jackson, has been Mississippi Today’s sports columnist since 2016. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in journalism, Rick has worked for the Monroe (La.) News Star World, Jackson Daily News and Clarion Ledger. He was sports editor of Hattiesburg American, executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. His work as a syndicated columnist and celebrated sports writer has appeared in numerous magazines, periodicals and newspapers.
Rick has been recognized 13 times as Mississippi Sports Writer of the Year, and is recipient of multiple awards and honors for his reporting and writing.