Arkansas State preview

Sherise Williams had eight points and nine rebounds off the bench in the season opener. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

Sherise Williams had eight points and nine rebounds off the bench in the season opener. (Lee Adams/ Special to the Daily Journal)

Mississippi State has another shot at the WNIT quarterfinals Sunday as the Bulldogs host Arkansas State in a 6 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum.

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

Games and inflatables for youth will be available pregame at Bully’s Kidz Kourt, and free pizza will be given away to students while supplies last.

Mississippi State advanced to Sunday’s game with a 97-66 win against Mercer in Friday’s season opener. Last season’s Bulldog squad went to the postseason tournament’s quarterfinal, falling to South Florida in a 60-58 heartbreaker.

State’s heralded class of newcomers led the way in Friday’s win, combining for 59 of the Bulldogs’ points. Rookie Victoria Vivians paced MSU with 23 points, while classmate Morgan William contributed 19 on 6-of-7 shooting.

Sophomore Ketara Chapel also had a stellar outing for Vic Schaefer’s squad, scoring a career-best 14 points.

Mississippi State broke the game open with a 56-point second half, the most points in a half since last season’s squad tallied 58 in the final 20 minutes against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 30.

The Bulldogs also knocked down eight 3-pointers in the game, the most since the 2011-12 team hit 10 against Nevada.

Sunday’s game will be the eighth meeting against Arkansas State. The Red Wolves lead 5-2 and have won the last two meetings, including a 78-61 decision in the last one, the 2005 WNIT.

ASU comes to Starkville after a 92-60 home win against Jackson State on Friday. Aundrea Gamble, the Sun Belt preseason player of the year and one of three starters back, paced the Red Wolves with 15 points.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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