Southeastern Louisiana preview

Chinwe Okorie is averaging 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Chinwe Okorie is averaging 3.7 offensive rebounds per game. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Puerto Rico Classic champion Mississippi State returns to the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum Monday night to host Southeastern Louisiana in the season’s final non-conference home game.

Tip between the eighth-ranked Bulldogs and Lady Lions is set for 7 p.m. on SEC Network +.

Bully’s Kidz Kourt opens in Mize Pavilion at 6 p.m., and Monday’s game will be Starkville Parks and Recreation Night.

Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under. MSU students also get in free with a valid student ID.

In addition to watching online or via the WatchESPN app on SECN+, fans unable to attend can listen in the Golden Triangle on WKBB-FM 100.9, in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3 and in Corinth on WKCU-FM 92.9 or WKCU-AM 1350.

The Bulldogs return home having won six-straight games to improve to 11-1 on the season. Vic Schaefer’s squad went 3-0 in last weekend’s Puerto Rico Classic, defeating Florida Gulf Coast 65-60 and Western Michigan 90-68 before holding off SMU 72-70 in the title game.

Sophomore Victoria Vivians averaged 16.0 ppg in the tournament to earn SEC Player of the Week laurels.

Vivians, who has scored double figures in 11-straight games, rates third in the SEC in scoring with 18.3 ppg this season. The Carthage native scored 15 points in each of the first two games in Puerto Rico before capping the three-game slate with 18 points, 16 in the first quarter, against SMU.

Junior Ketara Chapel also looks to continue her hot hand from the last week’s action. The Temple, Texas, native averaged 13.5 ppg in the three Puerto Rico Classic wins and a home triumph against Southern Miss to raise her season total to 6.5 ppg.

Sophomore Morgan William was equally as good last week, scoring at a 12.3 clip to raise her season average to 8.2 ppg. The Birmingham, Alabama, native was stellar the free-throw line, knocking down 19 of her 20 attempts (95.0 percent).

William, who is fourth in the SEC with 5.3 assists per game, improved to an SEC second-best 88.6 percent at the stripe this season (39 of 44).

Freshman Teaira McCowan enters Monday second on the team in scoring (10.1 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.2 rpg). The Brenham, Texas, product claimed her fourth double-double of the season against Western Michigan, notching season highs with 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Ten of those 13 boards came on the offensive glass, putting McCowan second in the league with 3.9 per game. Her tally, along with Chinwe Okorie’s 3.7 average, give the Bulldogs 19.7 offensive rebounds per game, the second-most in the SEC and fourth in the nation.

State has been tough on offense this season, rating second in the league and 13thnationally with 82.9 ppg. The Bulldogs have been winning contests by an average of 31.3 ppg, a total that leads the SEC and stands fourth in the country.

MSU has also gotten it done on the defensive side of the ball as well, holding teams to 36.4 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from 3-point range. The Bulldogs allow just 51.6 ppg, third-fewest in the SEC and the 14th-lowest number in NCAA Division I.

State meets a Southeastern Louisiana squad that is 1-9 on the season and has dropped back-to-back contests against Jackson State (79-72) and Troy (100-90).

SELA heads to Starkville averaging 62.8 ppg, but allowing foes to score at an 88.9 clip.

The Lady Lions have been paced in scoring by Taylin Underwood’s 14.8 average, but KaeLynn Boyd returned to the lineup against JSU and has averaged 24.0 points in her first two games of the season.

Nanna Pool, who scores at a 13.1 clip, tops Southeastern Louisiana on the boards with 7.4 per game.

The Bulldogs face a quick turnaround following Monday’s game, traveling to Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday to wrap the pre-SEC slate against No. 17/20 South Florida in the SEC/AAC Challenge.

Tip for that game is set for 3:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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