No. 11 Mississippi State can add another program first Thursday night as it travels to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face LSU in an 8 p.m. tip on the SEC Network.
A win in the nationally-televised contest at Maravich Assembly Center would be the Bulldogs’ 20th of the season, the first time Mississippi State has won 20 games in three-straight campaigns.
The contest can also be heard on WNMQ-FM 103.1 in the Golden Triangle.
The NCAA Team of the Week travels to Baton Rouge, a place it has only won once, 19-4 overall and 6-3 in SEC play. State is riding the momentum of two-straight victories, following last Thursday’s historic win against Tennessee with a 65-55 road victory at Arkansas on Sunday.
“We are obviously coming off a great week in the history of our program. I’m proud of my team and my staff,” MSU’s Vic Schaefer said. “I’m proud to be the head coach at Mississippi State and have the opportunity to represent this great University and coach these ladies. The grind doesn’t stop with another stretch that is really tough. We have to go LSU, a place where we haven’t played well in the past, before coming home to face another ranked opponent. LSU played their hearts out against Auburn Monday.”
Four players scored double figures to pace Mississippi State’s first season sweep of the Razorbacks since 2007.
Victoria Vivians led the team in scoring with 17 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the line. The sophomore from Carthage rates third in the SEC in overall scoring with 17.5 points per game and is fifth in league games with a 16.3 average.
Vivians became the fifth Bulldog to reach 900 career points in her first two seasons on Sunday, rating 13th among active SEC players and first by a sophomore with 907 points.
Sophomore Morgan William tallied 11 points in Fayetteville, her third-straight game in double figures and fourth in the last five contests. William scored nine of those points at the free-throw line, where she tops the SEC with an 86.8 percent tally this season.
Juniors Dominique Dillingham and Breanna Richardson combined for 21 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s victory. Dillingham contributed 11 points, giving her an 8.8 scoring average in league contests this season.
Richardson continued her stellar play in Bud Walton Arena, scoring 10 points after tallying 15 in State’s last trip to Arkansas in 2014.
Thursday’s game is the first of four road contests the Bulldogs will play in the final full month of the regular season.
The Tigers lead the series 47-6 and have won the last nine meetings between the teams.
LSU currently sits at the bottom of the SEC at 8-14 overall and 2-7 in league play. The Lady Tigers have lost back-to-back contests after falling at home to Auburn 63-53 on Monday.
The Tigers, who have been plagued by injuries this season, are paced by junior Alexis Hyder’s 11.2 points per game. She accounted for 23 points against Missouri last Thursday and another 17 against Auburn.
The 5-foot-11 Texas native also leads the Tigers with 7.7 rebounds per game and 0.9 blocks per game.
Following Thursday’s game, Mississippi State returns home Sunday for a top-25 matchup against No. 22 Missouri. Tip for that game is set for 2 p.m., with the contest being broadcast online and via the WatchESPN app on SEC Network +.
The first 750 students to Sunday’s game receive a free foam hand, and the famous Russian Bar Trio performs at halftime.
Tickets for Mississippi State women’s basketball games cost $5 for adults, and admission is free for youth 17 and under and MSU students with a valid student ID.
(From MSU Media Relations)