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Former New Albany standout Jazmine Spears has scored four points in her first three games at Mississippi State. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Former New Albany standout Jazmine Spears has scored four points in her first three games at Mississippi State. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

No. 8 Mississippi State looks for a perfect wrap to a season-opening five-game homestand Sunday as the Bulldogs host Savannah State in a 2 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum.

MSU enters the contest looking to improve to 5-0 on the season after claiming a 92-34 win against another MEAC foe, Norfolk State, on Friday.

Tickets to the contest cost $5 for adults, while admission is free for youth high school age and under, as well as for MSU students with a valid student ID.

Students can get free pizza while supplies last, and inflatables and games will be available beginning an hour before tip at Bully’s Kidz Kourt in Mize Pavilion.

Fans can take an MSU-themed Christmas card photo on the concourse, and there will be a special treat at halftime, as The Red Panda Acrobat will perform.

Fans unable to make it to the Hump can watch online or via the WatchESPN app on SEC Network +, or listen to the radio broadcast 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.

Mississippi State put together a thrilling performance against Norfolk State on Friday, shooting a season-best 50 percent from the field.

The Bulldogs enter the game tops in the SEC in 10 statistical categories, and they lead the nation in scoring defense (40.2 ppg), scoring margin (+53.8), offensive rebounds (26.0), turnover margin (+18.8) and assist/turnover ratio (2.3).

Sophomore Victoria Vivians and freshman Teaira McCowan paced the Bulldogs in Friday’s win, scoring 20 points each. McCowan also claimed 11 rebounds to notch her third-straight double-double.

Vivians, a Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 Watch List candidate, reached the 20-point mark for the second time in the last three games. During that stretch she is averaging 18.7 points and shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from 3-point range.

The Preseason First Team All-SEC selection tops the team in scoring with a 16.0 average that is tied for sixth in the SEC.

McCowan follows Vivians in the scoring column with a 15.0 average this season. The Brenham, Texas, native, who was named a Parade All-American following her senior prep campaign, leads MSU with 8.8 rebounds per game, seventh-most in the SEC.

McCowan has been a force on the offensive glass for MSU, claiming an SEC-best 5.3 rebounds per game.

Junior Chinwe Okorie has also crashed the offensive boards, claiming an SEC fifth-most 4.0 per game. Okorie had her best scoring night as a Bulldog on Friday, tallying 15 points in the win.

Mississippi State will aim to continue a successful run at Humphrey Coliseum that has seen the Dawgs win nine straight and 24 of their last 26 going back to the 2013-14 season.

The Bulldogs will also look to maintain a perfect mark against Savannah State. State is 5-0 all-time against the Lady Tigers, including a 2-0 mark under Vic Schaefer.

This year’s Savannah State squad is 1-2 on the year after dropping a pair of decisions to Auburn and Florida.

The Lady Tigers shoot 42.9 percent from the field, but are just 27.9 percent from 3-point range and 43.1 percent from the charity stripe.

Kenyata Hendrix paces SSU with 14.7 ppg. Tiyonda Davis, who averages 7.0 ppg, tops the Lady Tigers on the boards with 5.7 per game.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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