North Dakota State preview

Dominique Dillingham has scored in double figures the past three games. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Dominique Dillingham has scored in double figures the past three games. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State’s final roadtrip of 2013 will be the program’s first trek to North Dakota as the Bulldogs venture to Fargo Tuesday for a 7 p.m. CT tip against North Dakota State.

The Bulldogs take a 10-1 record, the best start since the 2008-09 campaign, into a Bison Sports Arena ranked the 10th-toughest venue to play in.

Mississippi State plays its final non-conference road game after capping a three-game homestand with a 71-61 win against in-state foe Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

Mississippi State will face a North Dakota State squad that is 3-7 overall following an 88-83 setback at rival North Dakota on Saturday. Tuesday’s game will be the first home game for the Bison since Nov. 20.

The contest will be broadcast on WNMQ-FM 103.1. HailStateTV subscribers can access the free live audio at www.hailstate.com/hstlive. Updates will also be provided on Twitter @HailStateWBK.

The trip to North Dakota will be a homecoming for junior Martha Alwal, who hails from 297 miles south in Worthington, Minn.

Alwal leads the Bulldogs with a 15.2 per-game scoring average, and the MSU career blocks record holder’s 2.7 swats per contest currently tops the SEC. She also paces MSU on the boards, hauling down 8.5 per contest.

Alwal scored a team-high 19 points and pulled in nine rebounds in last Saturday’s win against Southern Mississippi.

Fellow junior Kendra Grant joined her in double figures against the Golden Eagles, scoring 13 points, 11 of those in the decisive first half. Grant is scoring at a 13.6 clip this season, and she has reached double figures in nine of the team’s games this year and 11 of her last 14 games going back to last season.

Freshmen Dominique Dillingham and Breanna Richardson added 12 and 11 points, respectively in State’s 14th-straight non-conference home win. Dillingham, who went 8-for-8 at the free-throw line on Saturday, reached double figures for the third-straight game while raising her season average to 10.5 points per game.

Richardson’s 11-point effort came in her first game back in the starting lineup since Nov. 29. In addition to a 6.7 scoring clip, the Conyers, Ga., native is third on the team in rebounding at 5.5 per game.

A Mississippi State unit that leads the SEC with a +10.4 turnover margin faces a Bison squad that is averaging 12.7 turnovers a game.

Brooke LeMar is the spark for NDSU, leading the team with 15.1 points per game while also dishing 5.8 assists per contest.

Marena Whittle and Miki Stephenson are tied for the rebounding lead at 6.6 per game.

State returns home following Tuesday’s contest to meet Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. Friday.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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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