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Mississippi State senior center Martha Alwal is looking for her first win against LSU. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State senior center Martha Alwal is looking for her first win against LSU. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

After suffering its first setback of the season, No. 15/18 Mississippi State begins a two-game SEC homestand Thursday when it hosts LSU.

Tipoff at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen online and on the WatchESPN app via SEC Network +.

Fans can listen in the Golden Triangle on WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. HailStatePLUS subscribers can also access a live audio stream on

Tickets for this and all other Mississippi State home games are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under. MSU students also get in free with a valid student ID.

Free pizza will be available for students while supplies last, and Thursday’s contest will be Bully’s Kids Club night, with members wearing their kids club T-shirts having the opportunity to go on the court for the National Anthem and participate in halftime contests.

Fans can attend Bully’s Kidz Kourt in Mize Pavilion beginning at 6, where free pennants and Chick-fil-a goodies will be given away along with a Chick-fil-a gift basket.

Fans can join Bully’s Kids Club at

Mississippi State (18-1, 3-1) had its school-record 18-game win streak snapped on Sunday, falling 78-62 at Vanderbilt. State battled throughout the contest but could not overcome at hot-shooting Vandy team that hit 62.9 percent from the field.

Breanna Richardson paced the Maroon and White with her second double-double of the season and sixth of her career as she tallied 16 points and 11 rebounds. Victoria Vivians scored 12 points on the day, while Martha Alwal added 10 points.

Vivians continues to lead Vic Schaefer’s squad with a 15.3 scoring clip, good for third in the SEC and tops among league freshmen. Fellow rookie Morgan William is second on the squad with 10.2 points an outing and leads Mississippi State with 3.8 assists per contest, which ties for the third-best mark in the conference.

The Lady Tigers enter the matchup with an 8-8 overall ledger and a 2-2 record in the SEC. LSU’s upset bid at No. 12/11 Texas A&M fell just short on Sunday, as the Aggies rallied for a 55-48 victory.

DaShawn Harden paces the Lady Tigers with 11.9 points per outing. Raignye Moncrief leads the squad with 7.2 boards a game.

LSU holds a 46-6 advantage in the all-time series against the Bulldogs, including a 19-5 record in Starkville. MSU is looking for its first win against the Lady Tigers since it claimed two out of three contests against LSU during the 2008-09 season.

Following Thursday’s clash, Mississippi State will host Alabama on Sunday in the “We Back Pat” game. That contest is set for a 3 p.m. tip on Fox Sports Net.

(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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