Mississippi State will look to rebound from a pair of tough SEC setbacks when it heads to Fayetteville Sunday for a 2 p.m. tip against Arkansas.
The contest will be broadcast in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas on WKBB-FM 100.9, and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3. HailStateTV subscribers can get the live audio stream at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.
Sunday’s game will be a homecoming for head coach Vic Schaefer, associate head coach Johnnie Harris and junior point guard Jerica James
Schaefer was an assistant coach in Fayetteville for six seasons (1998-2003), guiding Arkansas to the postseason each year, including the NCAA Final Four and the WNIT national championship his first two seasons.
Harris served three seasons on the Arkansas staff from 2005-07.
It will be the second trip home for James, a North Little Rock native, as she collected a then season-best 12 points in the 2011-12 season.
James and the Bulldogs (13-3, 0-2 SEC) will look to pick up a second-straight win against the Razorbacks after claiming a thrilling 47-44 win in Starkville last season.
Freshmen Dominique Dillingham and Breanna Richardson have sparked the Dawgs in league play, averaging 13 points each.
Dillingham has scored 10 or more points in seven of her last eight contests to raise her season average to 11.1 ppg. Richardson is scoring 8.1 points per game after reaching double figures in five of her last six games.
Richardson has also been outstanding at the free-throw line in SEC play, going a league-best 12-for-12.
After being held to six points at Florida, junior Martha Alwal rebounded with an 18-point, five-block performance against Auburn to raise her team-best average to 16.4 ppg.
Alwal is hitting shots at a 58-percent clip, the second-highest total in the league, while rating second in blocks with 2.4 per contest.
State meets an Arkansas squad that enters Sunday 14-2 overall, 1-2 in league play. The Razorbacks had a 13-game win streak halted against South Carolina, but bounced back with a road win at Missouri before falling to Florida in Gainesville on Thursday.
Freshman Jessica Jackson leads Arkansas with a 15.8 scoring clip, including a 19.7 average in SEC play.
Jackson and teammate Jhasmin Bowen top the squad on the boards, hauling down 5.9 each.
Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs return home Thursday to host No. 8 Tennessee in an 8 p.m. tip on Comcast Sports South.
(From MSU Media Relations)