Alabama preview

Morgan William returns to her native state to face Alabama this afternoon.  (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Morgan William returns to her native state to face Alabama this afternoon. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

SEC Tournament seeding is on the line as Mississippi State begins the stretch run of the season with a Sunday afternoon road contest at Alabama.

Tip from Foster Auditorium is set for 2 p.m., with the contest being broadcast online and via the WatchESPN app on SEC Network +.

The Bulldogs head to Tuscaloosa looking to record another milestone for this historic campaign. A win would give Vic Schaefer’s squad the MSU single-season wins record after it matched it with a 75-62 win against Florida last Sunday that improved the Bulldogs to 24-4 overall, 9-4 in SEC play.

Mississippi State enters Sunday in a three-way tie with Texas A&M and LSU for third place in the league standings.

State will also attempt to sweep the season series after winning a 66-50 decision against the Crimson Tide in Starkville on Jan. 18.

Freshman Victoria Vivians paces the Bulldogs with a 15.0 average that is third in the SEC and first among league freshmen.

Vivians added 10 points in the Bulldogs’ last contest after scoring an MSU freshman record 39 points at Kentucky. That stellar week earned the Carthage, Miss., native her third SEC Freshman of the Week honor of the season and State’s first-ever USBWA National Freshman of the Week award.

Vivians has been red-hot for the Bulldogs of late, averaging 18.2 ppg the last five contests. Senior Martha Alwal has also held the hot hand for the Bulldogs of late as well, averaging 17.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in her last three outings.

Alwal recorded her second double-double in the last three games on Sunday, scoring 14 points and adding 13 rebounds against Florida. It was the 34th career double-double for the Worthington, Minn., native, most among current SEC players.

Since joining the starting lineup seven games ago, Alwal is scoring 14.6 ppg and pulling down 7.6 rpg. She also tops the SEC with 2.4 blocks per contest, giving her the opportunity to become just the second player in SEC history to lead the league in blocks four-straight years.

Sophomore Breanna Richardson is also coming off a solid effort against Florida, matching her SEC season high with 16 points.

Richardson has been outstanding for the Bulldogs in SEC play, knocking down 10.5 points per contest to go along with 6.3 rebounds.

Senior Kendra Grant sparked MSU’s first victory of the season against Alabama, scoring a season-high 17 points.

That win halted a two-game Alabama win streak after the Tide claimed the last meeting in Tuscaloosa 72-64 in overtime a year ago.

Mississippi State has actually won five of the last six meetings in Tuscaloosa and nine of the last 12 overall.

Alabama returns home following consecutive road losses at No. 15 Texas A&M (70-49) and No. 6 Tennessee (77-56) that dropped the Crimson Tide to 13-15 overall and 2-11 in league play.

Ashley Williams paces Alabama with 13.3 ppg, including 11.8 in SEC play. She also tops the Crimson Tide in rebounding, pulling down 6.3 both overall and against league competition.

Following Sunday’s contest, Mississippi State will host its final Hail State Hoops Luncheon of the season Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Mize Pavilion.

Cost for the luncheon is $12, and fans can RSVP by calling (662) 325-0198 or emailing dbrown@athletics.msstate.edu.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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