STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s Vic Schaefer admitted that he didn’t see a win like this coming.
Especially after star freshman Victoria Vivians rolled her ankle during Monday’s practice and was questionable for the North Dakota State game.
But Vivians battled through her injury to lead the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs to a 109-58 victory over the Bison to improve to 7-0 on the year.
“I wouldn’t have dreamed tonight would’ve happened,” Schaefer said. “I have to take my hat off to my kids. They sure played well. They played with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and shared the ball.”
Vivians tied a career-high with 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting including six 3-pointers. MSU shot 51.9-percent from the field and hit 11-of-22 from behind the arc.
Breanna Richardson notched her fifth career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds in 20 minutes of action off the bench.
“I finally got in and once I got the feel of the game it was easy,” Richardson said. “I just went out there and played.”
LaKaris Salter scored 16 points, Morgan William added 12 points and Sherise Williams chipped in 11 in the win. A dozen Bulldogs entered the scoring column with their bench contributing 66 points.
“We maybe played our best ballgame of the year tonight,” Schaefer said. “I really loved how hard we played, especially in the second half. I think that’s a great indication of our depth.”
Mississippi State held a 49-34 lead at the break and outscored the Bison 60-24 in the second half. The Bulldogs also out-rebounded North Dakota State 53-30.
NDSU (3-3) shot 37.3-percent in the contest led by Brooke LeMar with 17 points and Marena Whittle with 12.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana at 2 p.m.