Southeastern Louisiana preview

Senior point guard Jerica James is averaging 3.7 assists per game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Senior point guard Jerica James is averaging 3.7 assists per game. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

After opening a three-game homestand with a commanding 109-58 win, the No. 23/25 Mississippi State women’s basketball team looks to continue its perfect start to the season Sunday when it hosts Southeastern Louisiana at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tip for the SEC Network + contest is 2 p.m. In addition to watching online and via the WatchESPN app, fans can also catch the action in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas on WKBB-FM 100.9 and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3.

HailStatePLUS subscribers can also access a live audio stream of the contest.

Tickets for the game are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under. MSU students with a valid University ID also get in free.

Free pizza will be available to students while supplies last.

Fans can enjoy Bully’s Kidz Kourt prior to the contest and meet their favorite Bulldogs following the game during an on-court autograph session.

Mississippi State enters the game with the opportunity to start the season 8-0 for the first time since 2008-09.

The Bulldogs earned the first back-to-back 7-0 starts in school history with Tuesday’s commanding win against North Dakota State.

Freshman Victoria Vivians’ 26 points paced that victory and raised her scoring average to a 17.7 tally that leads the SEC and is second among freshmen in the Division I ranks.

Morgan William follows Vivians with a 13.7 average. The pair ranks as the nation’s top-scoring freshman duo.

Sophomore Breanna Richardson recorded her best outing of the season against the Bison, claiming her fifth-career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. The stellar performance raised her season average to 8.4 ppg, putting her right behind classmate Ketara Chapel’s 10.4 average.

Tuesday’s 109-point effort continued a sizzling start to the year offensively Vic Schaefer’s squad. The Bulldogs enter Sunday averaging 89.4 ppg, the best mark in the SEC and the sixth-highest scoring average in the country.

MSU has eclipsed the 80-point mark in six of the seven games, a feat no other Bulldog squad has accomplished.

Tuesday’s total matched last season’s 109-57 win against Southeastern Louisiana for the sixth-most point in program records.

That win was State’s sixth straight against the Lady Lions, giving it a 7-3 lead in the series. All seven of State’s wins have come on the home court.

This year’s SELA squad is 3-4 overall and in the midst of a three-game trek against SEC foes. The Lady Lions, who face LSU next Saturday, fell to Auburn 72-44 on Thursday.

Nanna Pool and Symone Miller pace the Southeastern Louisiana offense with 15.3 ppg each. Pool tops the team on the boards with 9.9 per game.

Following Sunday’s contest, the Bulldogs close the December-opening homestand with a Dec. 11 matchup against Louisiana Tech.

(From MSU Media Relations)

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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