STARKVILLE, Miss. – Vic Schaefer’s second season as head coach of the Mississippi State women’s basketball team begins Monday night as the Bulldogs host Shorter in a 7 p.m. exhibition contest at Humphrey Coliseum.
Admission to the games is free, and fans are encouraged to bring cans of food as the Mississippi State M-Club begins its annual Thanksgiving food drive.
The contest will be streamed to HailStateTV subscribers at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.
Mississippi State welcomes eight players, including four starters, back to the squad along with five heralded newcomers.
Junior Martha Alwal looks to build on a sensational sophomore campaign that saw her earn All-SEC accolades and the Gillom Trophy after averaging a team-high 12.1 points per game and leading the SEC with 9.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest and 16 double-doubles.
State also returns junior Kendra Grant following a banner season that saw her average a personal-best 11.8 points per game.
Monday’s contest will be the second-straight year the Bulldogs have met Shorter for their exhibition. State opened the Schaefer era with a 55-49 win against the Lady Hawks last season, using stifling defense and 13 points each from Carnecia Williams and Katia May to rally for the win.
Williams had a breakout season for the Bulldogs, posting a career-best 8.3 points per game. May, one of two seniors along with Candace Foster, scored at a 5.1 clip a year ago while topping the team with 3.2 assists per game.
The returning Bulldogs will get a boost from a talented group of newcomers that includes junior Savannah Carter, a member of Trinity Valley Community College’s 2012-13 national championship team; Texas all-state standouts Ketara Chapel and Dominique Dillingham; Georgia all-state selection Breanna Richardson; and Nigeria native Chinwe Okorie, who averaged a double-double last season at Stoneleigh-Burnham (Mass.) School.The Bulldogs open the regular season on the road Friday, heading to Houston for a 5 p.m. tip. State begins the home slate Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Jackson State at 7 p.m.