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Mississippi State forward Breanna Richardson (3) is averaging 13 points per game against Arkansas in her career. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Mississippi State forward Breanna Richardson (3) is averaging 13 points per game against Arkansas in her career. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

No. 6/7 Mississippi State women’s basketball looks to remain unbeaten in SEC play as it takes the Humphrey Coliseum court Sunday to face Arkansas.

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

Fans can also listen in the Golden Triangle area on WKBB-FM 100.9, in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3 and in Corinth on WKCU-FM 92.9 or WKCU-AM 1350. Live online audio is available to HailStatePLUS subscribers on HailState.com.

Individual game tickets cost $5 for adults, while youth 17 and under get in free. MSU students also get free admission with a valid student ID and free pizza while supplies last.

Tickets can be purchased on www.hailstate.com/tickets or at the Humphrey Coliseum box office on game day.

Fans can arrive early and enjoy games and inflatables in Bully’s Kidz Kourt, located in Mize Pavilion.

Thursday’s win against Auburn improved Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs to 15-1 overall and 2-0 in SEC play. State, which has started league play 2-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history, joins South Carolina as the only two undefeated teams in conference action.

State has won 10-straight games, the sixth-longest streak in the nation and second in the SEC. The Bulldogs have been equally as tough at the Hump, claiming the nation’s ninth-longest win streak at 14 games.

MSU has utilized stellar defense this season, especially the most-recent stretch as it has held its last three foes to their season lows in scoring.

The Bulldogs rate third in the SEC and 10th in the nation allowing 52.1 ppg. State is also third in scoring defense in league contests, holding Florida and Auburn to 57.5 ppg.

Schaefer’s squad forced 25 Auburn turnovers after it turned the Gators over an SEC-high 32 times last Sunday. Mississippi State turns teams over at a 24.6 per-game rate, the sixth-best tally in the NCAA Division I ranks.

MSU’s defensive prowess has helped the offense to an 80.0 clip that is second in the conference and 16th in the country.

Sophomore Victoria Vivians tops the SEC with 18.3 ppg following a 23-point effort against Auburn. The Carthage, Mississippi, native claimed the fifth double-double of her career as she grabbed 10 rebounds to go with her 15th-straight game in double figures.

Vivians, a Preseason First Team All-SEC selection, has scored 20-plus points seven times this season after she reached the 20-point mark for the second time in the last three games.

Freshman Teaira McCowan also registered a double-double, her fifth of the season, against the Tigers, scoring 10 points and matching her season high with 13 boards.

McCowan averages 8.9 points while leading the Bulldogs with 7.1 rebounds per game. She has helped MSU rate fourth in the country on the offensive glass (20.0 rpg), pulling down 3.8 for the season and 7.0 in conference play.

McCowan’s scoring tally falls just behind sophomore Morgan William, who is averaging 9.6 ppg for the year after tallying a 12.8 clip her last five games.

The Birmingham, Alabama, native has done a lot of her damage from the free-throw line, where she leads the SEC and is 13th in the country making 89.7 percent (61 of 68).

William has been even more efficient in SEC play, knocking down 10 of her 11 attempts for 90.9 percent.

Arkansas comes to Starkville 6-9 overall and 1-1 in SEC play. The Razorbacks dropped an 85-32 road decision at No. 2 South Carolina last Sunday, but returned home Thursday and defeated No. 10 Texas A&M 67-61.

Devin Cosper raised her season average to 8.1 ppg as she paced Jimmy Dykes’ squad with 18 points.

Her total was one ahead of leading scorer Jessica Jackson’s 17. Jackson scores at a 16.8 clip this season, the fifth-best tally in the SEC.

She also pulls in 7.3 rebounds per game, second-best on the Arkansas squad behind Melisa Wolff’s 7.7 average.

(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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