Vanderbilt preview

Katia May has dished out 134 assists so far this season. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Katia May has dished out 134 assists so far this season. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State will “Think Pink” in support of breast cancer awareness Sunday as the Bulldogs host No. 16 Vanderbilt in a 1 p.m. tip on SEC TV.

Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the game, and the Bulldogs will give away 500 free “Think Pink” T-shirts as part of Sunday’s contest.

Free pizza will be available for students while supplies last, and Bully’s Kidz Kourt opens at noon in Mize Pavilion with games, inflatables and more.

Fans can also have the opportunity to win some great exclusive experiences by signing up for Maroon Memories at

In addition to the SEC TV broadcast with Cara Capuano and Steffi Sorensen, the contest will also be available on WMXU-FM 106.1 and to HailStateTV subscribers at

Vic Schaefer‘s squad returns home 16-9 overall, 3-8 in SEC play following a 51-43 setback at Auburn a week ago.

Junior Martha Alwal paced State with 14 points against the Tigers. The Worthington, Minn., native tops the Bulldogs with a 15.1 scoring average and a 52.4 shooting percentage that is third in the SEC.

Alwal also leads State with 8.2 rebounds per game and a 2.4 blocks average that is second in the SEC.

Fellow junior Kendra Grant rates second on the team with 11.4 points per game this season, but she has struggled from the floor in league play, tallying a 7.9 clip.

Freshman Breanna Richardson has stepped up her offensive contributions in conference action, scoring at a 10.6 clip behind 43.8 percent shooting.

Mississippi State finds itself facing another of the SEC’s top shooting teams in a Vanderbilt squad that is 12th nationally in field goal percentage (46.5 percent) and tops in the SEC from 3-point range at 40.8 percent.

While Vandy (17-7, 6-5 SEC) has been the best at shooting the 3-pointer, MSU has been one of the league’s best at defending the perimeter, keeping foes to a league second-lowest 27.2 percent.

The Bulldogs’ defense will look to limit Commodore senior guard Christina Foggie, who netted 24 points in a 68-62 setback to Auburn on Thursday. The outing raised Foggie’s scoring average to an SEC-best 19.1 points per game.

Jasmine Lister joins her in double figures with 14.9 points per game for a Vanderbilt squad that heads to Starkville having lost four of its last five games.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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