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Martha Alwal is tied for the team lead with 13.5 points per game. (Bill Simmonds/ Special to Daily Journal)

Martha Alwal is tied for the team lead with 13.5 points per game. (Bill Simmonds/ Special to Daily Journal)

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State will look to continue a perfect start to the season Sunday afternoon when it hosts New Orleans in a 3 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum.

Sunday’s contest will be part of the M-Club’s annual canned food drive, and fans who bring a can of food will receive free admission. Free pizza will also be given out to students while supplies last.

Parents are encouraged to come early and bring the children to Bully’s Kidz Kourt, which will feature games, inflatables and more on the Mize Pavilion practice courts starting at 2 p.m. Tennis shoes are required on the court.

Jason Crowder and Charlie Winfield will have the call of the action on WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. Live video and audio streams will be available to HailStateTV subscribers at

Head coach Vic Schaefer’s team will look to run its record to 3-0 against a Privateers squad that comes to town 0-2 on the season.

The contest is part of an early four-game homestand that opened with an 81-42 victory against Jackson State last Wednesday.

Preseason All-SEC selection Martha Alwal paced the Bulldogs with 17 points in the contest. The junior from Worthington, Minn., is tied with classmate Kendra Grant for the team scoring lead at 13.5 points per game.

Grant tallied 14 points in her 2013-14 debut at Humphrey Coliseum, scoring 11 points in the second half for the second-straight game.

Alwal and Grant led a balanced scoring attack that saw five players reach double figures for the second consecutive outing, a first for MSU since the 2006-07 squad.

Fresh off signing the No. 18 recruiting class in the nation, Mississippi State will seek to continue a run that has seen the squad win five of its last six contests at the Hump going back to last season.

The Bulldogs will seek to extend that run against a New Orleans squad that is coming off a 76-52 home setback to Grambling last Thursday.

The Privateers, who are coming to Starkville for the first time since 2004, are averaging 49.0 points per game, with Central Connecticut transfer Danielle Davis leading the way with a 9.5 average.

Mathilde Fogelstrom tops UNO on the glass with 10 rebounds per contest.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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