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Senior guard Savannah Carter had a clutch free throw late in Sunday's overtime win against Texas A&M. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Senior guard Savannah Carter had a clutch free throw late in Sunday’s overtime win against Texas A&M. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Following one of the most impressive wins of the Vic Schaefer era, No. 13/15 Mississippi State looks for an even bigger victory Thursday when it travels to Lexington for a Bluegrass State showdown against No. 10 Kentucky.

Tip at UK’s Memorial Coliseum is set for 6 p.m. CT on the SEC Network with Cara Capuano and Carolyn Peck calling the action.

The contest will also be available online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN.

Fans can listen to the radio broadcast with Jason Crowder and Charlie Winfield on WKBB-FM 100.9 in the Golden Triangle and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. HailStatePLUS subscribers have access to the live audio stream

After claiming a 63-61 overtime thriller against No. 15 Texas A&M on Sunday, the Bulldogs (23-3, 8-3) head to Lexington just one victory shy of tying the school record for wins in a season set by the 1999-2000 and 2002-03 squads.

MSU used stingy defense to hold the Aggies to just 20 percent shooting in the second half and overtime. In an epic clash that featured 14 lead changes and four ties, Mississippi State took the lead for good on a Victoria Vivians three-pointer with 55 seconds remaining in the extra period.

After the Bulldogs made a huge stop on the defensive end of the court in the closing seconds, Savannah Carter made one of two free throws with two seconds remaining, and an A&M full court heave missed its mark as the Humphrey Coliseum crowd of 4,651 celebrated the MSU victory.

Martha Alwal posted her 33rd-career double-double, most among active SEC players, with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Morgan William added 15 points and 6 boards en route to earning her second SEC Freshman of the Week nod. She also assisted Vivians’ winning 3-pointer.

Vivians paces the Bulldogs on the season with 14.2 points an outing, good for sixth in the SEC and tops among league freshmen.

She also paces the squad in league play with 11.5 ppg, just ahead of sophomore Breanna Richardson’s 10.4 scoring clip. Richardson leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game against SEC opponents.

The Wildcats (18-5, 7-3) earned an 82-68 road victory at Vanderbilt in their most recent game on Sunday. Linnae Harper added a career-high 22 points in the win.

Kentucky is led in the scoring column by the backcourt duo of Jennifer O’Neill and Makayla Epps. O’Neill is third in the SEC with 14.9 points per game, while Epps is eighth with 14.0 points.

The squads met on Senior Day in Starkville last season, and the Bulldogs fell just short in an 81-74 overtime loss against Wildcats, who were ranked 12th at the time. Richardson led the Bulldogs with 17 points while Kendra Grant added 13. Alwal recorded 12 points and 16 rebounds for MSU.

UK holds a 23-17 lead in the all-time series between the schools. Mississippi State is looking for its first win against Kentucky since 2009, when it claimed a 52-45 victory in Lexington.

Following Thursday’s tilt, the Bulldogs return to Humphrey Coliseum Sunday to face Florida for the team’s annual breast cancer awareness contest. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the 3 p.m. tip on the SEC Network.

(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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