Norfolk State preview

Jazzmun Holmes is averaging five points and 4.3 rebounds per game off the bench as a true freshman. .(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

Jazzmun Holmes is averaging five points and 4.3 rebounds per game off the bench as a true freshman. .(AP Photo/Jim Lytle)

After hitting the Black Friday sales in the morning, fans can watch some exciting basketball action that evening as the No. 8 Mississippi State women’s basketball team hosts Norfolk State at Humphrey Coliseum.

Tip for the contest, which will be shown online and via the WatchESPN app on SEC Network +, is set for 6 p.m.

Watching the eighth-ranked Bulldogs is a great deal, with tickets costing just $5 for adults and free admission for youth high school age and under.

MSU students get free admission and free pizza with a valid student ID.

Bully’s Kidz Kourt opens at 5 p.m., and a photo booth will be set up in the concourse allowing fans the opportunity to take Christmas card photos with Bulldog-themed Christmas props.

Fans unable to make it to the Hump can also listen on WKBB-FM 100.9 in the Golden Triangle area, WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo, and WKCU-FM 92.9 and WKCU-AM 1350 in Corinth.

Vic Schaefer’s squad, ranked 10th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, enters the contest 3-0 on the year following a 109-37 home win against Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs have won 23 of their last 25 games at the Hump, including eight-straight, going back to the 2013-14 campaign. MSU is 20-1 at home the last two seasons, the third-best mark in the SEC.

State enters Friday in the Top 10 in the nation in seven statistical categories, including scoring offense (94.7 ppg), scoring defense (42.3 ppg), scoring margin (+52.3), rebounding margin (+25.7), offensive rebounds (30.3), turnover margin (+20.7) and assist/turnover ratio (2.1).

Sophomore Kayla Nevitt paced MSU on Tuesday with a career-best 20 points. Classmate Victoria Vivians, a Wooden Award Watch List candidate, sparked the Bulldogs with 14 first-quarter points.

Vivians, who had 22 points against Grambling last Saturday, paces MSU with 14.7 ppg.

Freshman Teaira McCowan claimed her second-straight double-double, tallying 17 points and 10 rebounds. McCowan is second on the team with 13.3 ppg while topping the squad with 8.0 rpg.

Norfolk State comes to Starkville 0-4 on the year following an 83-73 setback to Oakland (Michigan) Tuesday. The Spartans dropped a decision to Loyola (Maryland) last Saturday after falling to Virginia and USC Upstate to start the year.

NSU has a pair of players averaging double-doubles this season. Kayla Roberts tops the squad with 14.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest, while Siobhan Beslow scores 12.5 ppg and claims 10.0 rebounds per game.

Friday’s contest is the first of back-to-back games against MEAC schools. State hosts Savannah State Sunday at 2 p.m. to close a season-opening five-game homestand.

(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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