STARKVILLE – Debreasha Powe arrived at Mississippi State’s practice an hour early last Saturday morning.
That extra time allowed the true freshman to get up an additional 100-150 shots prior to coach Sam Purcell‘s scheduled practice at 10 a.m.
However, this wasn’t just a one-time occurrence. Powe has already earned a reputation among her teammates and coaches for logging long hours in the gym during his still brief tenure as a Bulldog.
“Success leaves breadcrumbs and her breadcrumbs are her work ethic,” Purcell said.
The extra work Powe put in this past Saturday and throughout her first year are providing immediate results. She scored a career-high 19 points against Grambling on Sunday and currently ranks third on the team averaging 11 points per game.
“She’s a gym rat and every one of my players would say it,” Purcell said. “She deserves everything that has come her way so far. I couldn’t be more happy because there’s no greater form of success when you play basketball than putting in the work and seeing your work come to life.”
The 6-foot-1 forward has started every game this season and is one of only four MSU freshmen since 2007-08 to score 99 or more points during their first nine games joining Victoria Vivians, Morgan William and Rickea Jackson.
“I was here day-in and day-out during the summer making sure I put in the work so whenever my number was called, I would be ready,” Powe said. “I feel like I’m getting better each game. It’s a journey and I’m just excited to be on it.”
Powe credits some of her passion and vigor to having a supportive coach like Purcell pushing her each day at practice.
“With his energy and how he motivates us, I can tell that he wants better for us,” Powe said. “He motivates me every single day to be better.”
Powe’s extraordinary work ethic has even caught the eye the veteran players on the Bulldogs’ roster, including All-SEC redshirt senior center Jessika Carter.
“I’ve loved Breasha ever since Day 1,” Carter said. “She came in not like a regular freshman. She’s in the gym every day and doing everything that a senior would do. She’s a leader as a freshman and I really appreciate Breasha being on this team. I like playing with her.”
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