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Ketara Chapel is averaging seven points and five rebounds per game as a sophomore. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Ketara Chapel is averaging seven points and five rebounds per game as a sophomore. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

A spot in the Preseason WNIT championship game is up for grabs Thursday as the Mississippi State women’s basketball team hosts No. 16 West Virginia in a 7 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tickets for the battle between 2-0 squads cost $5 adults. Admission is free for youth high school age and under.

The contest will be broadcast live online and via the WatchESPN app on SEC Network +, with Bart Gregory and Jay Perry on the call. Radio for the game will be available on WMXU-FM 106.1 and online for HailStatePLUS subscribers.

The Bulldogs advanced to the semifinal with a 93-83 win against Arkansas State following a season-opening 97-66 triumph against Mercer.

MSU enters the contest as the SEC’s top scoring team, averaging 95.0 points per game. The Bulldogs also boast the conference’s second-best 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 44.7 percent from behind the arc.

The Dawgs’ highly touted freshman class has immediately contributed to the squad’s winning efforts to start the season.

Freshman Morgan William was named this year’s inaugural SEC Freshman of the Week following a stellar debut weekend that saw her score 29 points against Arkansas State and 19 against Mercer.

The Birmingham native’s 24.0 average rated first in the SEC, and Sunday’s 29-point performance stood tops among league rookies and second overall.

Classmate Victoria Vivians collected 23 points in the season-opener against Mercer, the best debut by this year’s SEC rookie class. The Carthage native added 12 points Sunday to enter Thursday with a 17.5 average.

Thursday night’s matchup will be the first meeting between the two schools.

West Virginia returns three starters from last year’s squad that won the Big 12 regular season and went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers come to Starkville after knocking off Eastern Kentucky 67-42 and Seton Hall 89-87.

Junior guard Bria Holmes paces the Mountaineers with 29.5 points per game, 36 of which came against Seton Hall.

Averee Fields, the team’s second-best scorer at 16.5 ppg, tops the Mountaineers on the boards with 9.0 rpg.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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