STARKVILLE – Prior to the beginning of competitive action next week, fans got their first look at the Mississippi State women’s basketball team during its Maroon and White scrimmage Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
The Bulldogs played four 10-minute quarters, with the first half consisting of an inter-squad scrimmage and the second half pitting the MSU women’s team against the men’s practice squad.
A pair of freshmen led the way as Victoria Vivians scored a game-high 23 points and Morgan William finished with 19. Sophomores Dominique Dillingham and Breanna Richardson added 15 points each behind a combined 12-of-21 shooting.
Vivians tallied 10 points as the Maroon out-scored the White 23-9 in the opening quarter. William went 4-of-7 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line for 14 points as the White rallied with a 32-14 second quarter to take a 41-37 advantage at the end of the inter-squad portion of the scrimmage.
William led all scorers with 16 points in the half while Vivians added 13 points. Chinwe Okorie paced both teams with seven rebounds.
Okorie finished the night with a double-double, tallying 11 points and 12 rebounds.
“We’re still trying to figure out the right combinations,” head coach Vic Schaefer said. “We’ve got so many kids that can play, we just have to find that perfect chemistry and see which girls can play well together. I think our kids were ready to play and were excited to play in front of our fans.”
The second half saw MSU in control throughout as the Bulldogs earned a 56-41 victory. Richardson tallied all 15 of her points in the second stanza while Vivians added 10.
“Our freshmen aren’t scared. They’re super competitive kids who have won at a very high level,” Schaefer said. “They’re all very accomplished in high school, and now they have to step up to the big league. I thought they did that tonight.”
MSU shot 38.5 percent (25-of-65) from the field, 6-of-15 (40 percent) from 3-point range and 78.6 percent (22-of-28) from the line. The Bulldogs shot a stellar 57.1 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point range in the second half.
Mississippi State opens its 2014-2015 on Nov. 9 with an exhibition against Arkansas-Fort Smith at 2 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum. Regular season play begins Nov. 14 as the Bulldogs host Mercer at 8 p.m. as part of the Preseason WNIT.
(From MSU Media Relations)