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Mississippi State women’s basketball players hope Doug Novak stays on as coach

Mississippi State women's basketball players hope Doug Novak stays on as coach

NASHVILLE — The “We want Doug” signs held up by Mississippi State women’s basketball fans Thursday night during the SEC Tournament inspired the Bulldogs to get off to a strong start against Kentucky at Bridgestone Arena.

The signs reflected the support Mississippi State players have expressed in terms of their desire for interim coach Doug Novak to be given the full-time job.

A victory for the No. 10 Bulldogs over the No. 7 Wildcats may have strengthened the player’s case to make Novak his permanent coach.

Mississippi State acting basketball coach Doug Novak during the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament game against Kentucky in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

But that didn’t happen. The Wildcats handled the trouble Mississippi State gave them early and won an 83-67 victory, but that didn’t dampen the player’s determination to keep Novak, who replaced Nikki McCray-Penson who resigned. suddenly during the pre-season.

“These signs (supporting Novak) were pretty amazing; when I saw them, I kind of laughed and smiled,” junior guard Myah Taylor said. “He clearly knows the X’s and O’s inside and out which is definitely one of his strengths. But I think it’s his belief in us having only seven players and what he’s been able to do with this program which is simply amazing.”