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LaKaris Salter is averaging 5.7 points in the seven games she has appeared in as a true freshman. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

LaKaris Salter is averaging 5.7 points in the seven games she has appeared in as a true freshman. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State plays its second in-state foe in as many days as it hosts Mississippi Valley State Monday at 7 p.m. in the pre-Christmas home finale.

State heads to Louisiana-Lafayette Wednesday before venturing to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic where it faces Illinois-Chicago Saturday and Miami [Ohio] on Sunday.

Mississippi State leads MVSU 15-2 and is 12-0 at home. The Bulldogs have won the last 14 meetings.

MSU is coming off a 73-46 road win at Southern Miss on Sunday. State held USM to eight points and one field goal in the first half, both new school records. It also held USM, a Top 20 team behind the arc, to 1 of 10 (10%).

The win improved Mississippi State to 10-0. A victory Monday would tie the Bulldogs with the 2008-09 and 1999-00 squads for the best start in school history. MSU’s longest win streak is 12 set by the 2004-05 squad.

MSU finished below 80 points for the first time in six games and just the second time this season, but the Dawgs’ 87.7 scoring average still tops the SEC. MSU’s +28.2 scoring margin is third in the league.

MSU’s 32 forced turnovers at USM matched its season high. State’s +9.0 turnover margin is second in the SEC.

Freshman Victoria Vivians‘ seven points Sunday was just her second time to finish in single digits. Vivians is tied for the SEC scoring lead with Arkansas sophomore Kelsey Brooks (16.8 ppg).

With 266 career blocks, senior Martha Alwal needs one swat to tie Tracy Henderson (Georgia, 1993-97) for ninth in SEC history. Kendra Grant joined her in the 1,000-point club Sunday, the 21st MSU player to accomplish the feat.

MVSU has won back-to-back games after dropping six straight to open the season.

Christina Reed leads her team with 12.0 ppg and 7.6 rpg. She had 25 points in Saturday’s win against Philander Smith.

(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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