Just when you thought the Mississippi State Bulldogs couldn’t try to repeat the success of the past two seasons, they just became a bigger threat to possibly win the national championship. Anriel Howard has decided to transfer from Texas A&M to Mississippi State in Starkville.
In turn, this means the frontcourt just became one of the most vaunted in the country.
Anriel Howard, a senior who will graduate from A&M, will immediately become eligible next season thanks to the SEC presidents voting that grad transfers in the SEC do not have to sit out a year. So the 5-foot-11 forward from Atlanta will be partnered alongside Teaira McCowan next season.
While at Texas A&M, Howard set the record for the most rebounds in program history (1,002) and is the only 1000-plus rebounder. Last season, she averaged 12.1 points and 12.2 rebounds. The 12.2 rebounds were seventh in the nation. Anriel Howard chose Mississippi State over UConn, Florida State and South Carolina.
Just imagine the rebounding numbers next year in Starkville. If McCowan and Howard maintain the numbers they averaged last season, the duo would average 26.1 rebounds per game. Scary huh?
We could see a new Twin Towers combination in Starkville this season.
Now yes, that is a huge plus for the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, it has become another name added to the list of Aggie players who have transferred. Danni Williams transferred to Texas and Emer Nichols transferred to Florida. That means the Lady Aggies will rely heavily on Chennedy Carter next season.
As for Mississippi State, the Lady Bulldogs will become another threat to the championship.
Last season, the team won the SEC regular season championship, finishing 37-2. In a classic, they lost to Notre Dame in the national championship game off an Arike Ogunbowale buzzer beater. With the addition of Anriel Howard, the two-time National Runner-Up can continue the string of success they have had since Vic Schaefer took over the program in 2012.
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