STARKVILLE – I wrote a story in this morning’s Daily Journal in advance of Mississippi State’s first men’s basketball practice of the season which will be held this afternoon.
The Bulldogs women’s team got practice underway last night. Second year head coach Vic Schaefer went 5-11 in conference play and 13-17 overall last season.
The 2013-14 edition features seven returning players including six with starting experience a year ago. Schaefer has his three leading scorers – Martha Alwal (12.1), Kendra Grant (11.8) and Carnecia Williams (8.3) – back and added to his initial recruiting class in Starkville.
Schaefer signed seven players in the offseason with his 2013 class ranked No. 35 in the nation according to Dan Olsen’s Collegiate Girls Basketball Report. Five of those signees took the floor for practice Sunday night.
Junior college transfer guard Savannah Carter joins the squad along with high school signees Ketara Chapel, Dominique Dillingham, Chinwe Okorie and Breanna Richardson.
“They bring something to the table; that’s why we brought them here to Starkville,” Schaefer said in a release from the university. “They bring what we need, and we are excited about them being here.”
Mississippi prep standouts Jazmine Spears of New Albany and Kiki Patterson of Columbus will not play for the Bulldogs this season. Spears did not qualify academically and enrolled at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College and Patterson is no longer with the team.
State has an exhibition scheduled with Shorter on Nov. 4 and begins the season on the road at Houston Nov. 8.