Mississippi Valley State preview

Sherise Williams is averaging 5.4 points for the Bulldogs. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal).

Sherise Williams is averaging 5.4 points for the Bulldogs. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal).

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State is giving fans free admission to Monday’s 7 p.m. non-conference finale against Mississippi Valley State as part of Fan Appreciation Night at Humphrey Coliseum.

Families can come early and enjoy games, inflatables and more at Bully’s Kidz Kourt beginning at 6 in Mize Pavilion.

In addition to a number of family activities, fans can see a Hail State Hoops squad that is off to a 12-1 start to the campaign, a mark that is tied for the best start in school history.

The contest will also be broadcast on WMXU-FM 106.1 with Jason Crowder and Charlie Winfield on the call. A live audio and video stream will be available to HailStateTV subscribers at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Head coach Vic Schaefer’s squad will see its first action following a 109-57 home victory against Southeastern Louisiana on Dec. 20.

Junior Martha Alwal paced MSU, tallying her fourth double-double of the season with 24 points and 10 rebounds. That effort for the SEC Player of the Week followed a 25-point, 15-rebound performance earlier in the week at North Dakota State.

Alwal’s double-double against SELA was the 23rd of her career, tying her for the most among active SEC players.

The Worthington, Minn., native paces MSU with an SEC sixth-best 16.6 scoring average. Alwal tops the league in blocks with 2.5 per contest while ranking second with a 58.5 shooting percentage.

Freshman Dominique Dillingham also turned in a stellar showing against the Lady Lions, tallying 17 points, 13 in the first half, in 20 minutes of action to claim SEC Freshman of the Week accolades.

Dillingham rates third on the team with 10.5 points per game, but she has been a spark lately for the Dawgs, notching double figures in four of the last five games.

Junior Kendra Grant joins Alwal and Dillingham in double figures this season. The Richland, Miss., native, collected 18 points in her last outing to raise her season average to 14 points per game.

Grant, a starter in all 73-career games, has scored 10 or more points in 13 of her last 16 games going back to the 2012-13 campaign.

The Bulldogs face a 1-9 Mississippi Valley State team that dropped its third-straight game with a 100-54 road setback to Arkansas Saturday.

Ashley Beals and Jasmyn Sanders average 11.2 points each to lead a Devilettes squad that is scoring at a 57.7 per-game clip.

Beals also tops MVSU on the boards, pulling down 7.4 rebounds per game.

(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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