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Kayla Nevitt is shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range this season. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Kayla Nevitt is shooting 40.6 percent from 3-point range this season. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

Coming off a historic victory to wrap the opening half of the SEC schedule, No. 13 Mississippi State embarks on the second portion of the slate on the road Sunday at Arkansas.

Tip is set for 2 p.m. at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, with the contest being broadcast online and via the WatchESPN app on SEC Network +.

Fans can listen to the radio call on WKBB-FM 100.9 in the Golden Triangle, WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo and WKCU-FM 92.9 and WKCU-AM 1350 in Corinth.

Sunday’s game begins a challenging final stretch in which Vic Schaefer’s squad will play five of its final eight league games on the road.

The Bulldogs trek to Fayetteville 18-4 overall and 5-3 in SEC play after making history with the program’s first win against Tennessee, 65-63 in overtime, Thursday in Humphrey Coliseum.

That win halted back-to-back losses, and MSU seeks to keep the momentum going heading into the season’s second contest against the Razorbacks.

The Bulldogs won that first meeting 80-55 behind a career high-tying 19 points from junior Ketara Chapel.

Classmate Dominique Dillingham, who had 14 points in Thursday’s win against Tennessee, scored a season-high 16 points against the Razorbacks, while Victoria Vivians and Chinwe Okorie added 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Vivians and Okorie also sparked State’s historic victory against the Lady Vols, combining for 24 points and 15 rebounds.

For Vivians, who is 10 points from 900 for her career, it continued a stellar sophomore campaign that has seen her vault to the top of the SEC scoring lead at 17.5 ppg. She rates fourth in league contests with a 16.3 average.

Okorie’s 10-point, eight-rebound outing against Tennessee put her at 7.7 ppg for the season to go with a team second-best 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs also relied on the point guard play of sophomore Morgan William in Thursday’s win. The Birmingham, Alabama, native, who leads the SEC making 88.3 percent at the free-throw line, put in 11 points and dished seven assists in the Tennessee win, raising her average to 10.0 ppg in league contests and 9.3 ppg for the season.

In addition to leading the league at the charity stripe, William also tops the SEC with a 5.3 assists average in league games.

Since the season’s first meeting, Arkansas has gone 3-2, including home wins against nationally ranked Tennessee and Missouri squads.

The Razorbacks sit at 9-12 on the season and 4-4 in league play following back-to-back losses to Auburn and Florida. Arkansas, though, boasts an 8-3 home mark, including a 3-1 tally in SEC play.

Jessica Jackson, who had a game-high 20 points in the first meeting, paces the Razorbacks with 17.3 ppg, including a 17.0 average in conference games.

Devin Cosper follows at 8.8 ppg, but in league contests is scoring at a 10.4 clip. Melissa Wolff tops the Razorbacks on the boards with 7.6 per game.

(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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