Louisiana-Lafayette preview

Jerica James has 20 assists on the season. (Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports).

Jerica James has 20 assists on the season. (Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports).

Mississippi State returns to Humphrey Coliseum Wednesday night as the Bulldogs open a three-game homestand against Louisiana-Lafayette at 7.

Fans can have pictures made with the Egg Bowl trophy beginning at 6. Bully’s Kidz Kourt also begins at 6, featuring games, inflatables and more inside Mize Pavilion.

Wednesday’s contest will be broadcast on WKBB-FM 100.9 in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas, and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. Live video and audio streams will be available to HailStateTV subscribers at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Following Wednesday’s game, Mississippi State will host its first hoops luncheon Thursday. The luncheons will be held in Mize Pavilion, with doors opening at 11:15 a.m.

Cost is $12 per luncheon, or fans can call the MSU women’s basketball office at  (662) 325-0198  and reserve all six dates for $60.

Each luncheon will feature a great meal, a guest speaker, door prizes and hoops talk with head coach Vic Schaefer, the staff and members of the team.

There will be plenty to talk about at the luncheon following the Bulldogs’ fourth game in six days.

State returns to the Hump 7-1 on the year following a 2-1 weekend in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla. State knocked off Grand Canyon and WNIT quarterfinalist James Madison 71-62 and 65-52, respectively, before falling to Middle Tennessee 62-48 in the championship game.

Junior Martha Alwal had a stellar weekend in the Sunshine State, averaging 16.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocks en route to earning all-tournament accolades. The Worthington, Minn., native also became State’s new queen of swats, passing Chanel Mokango on Sunday for the Bulldogs’ career blocks record with 183.

Alwal, a preseason second team All-SEC selection, tops the squad with 15.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. She rates first in the SEC in blocks again this season with 2.9 per contest.

The juniors have led the way for MSU this season, with Kendra Grant and Savannah Carter rating second and third, respectively, in scoring.

Grant has reached double figures in six of the team’s eight games to average 13.6 points per contest.

Carter added a team-high 14 points in Sunday’s championship game to raise her season scoring tally to 9.4 ppg. The Tulsa, Okla., native rates second in rebounds with 5.6 per contest, while her 2.6 steals tops the team and ranks fourth in the league.

Wednesday’s game will be the eighth between Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette. State has won all seven meetings, including six at the Hump following a 72-38 victory during the 2011-12 campaign.

This year’s Ragin’ Cajuns come to Starkville 4-2 following a 62-54 win against Xavier (La.) on Sunday.

Louisiana-Lafayette is paced by Keke Veal’s 14.2 scoring average and 3.2 steals. Jasmin Mills tops ULL with 7.7 rebounds per game.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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