STARKVILLE, Miss. –Mississippi State moved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2009-10 season with a 90-45 win over Tennessee Tech in a women’s basketball game played Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
“I am proud of the kids for playing hard from the jump,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “I like our energy and effort. On the press right now, we are picking up full-court and that is setting the tempo.
“Even when we don’t score baskets off the turnovers, we are setting an atmosphere for the entire team. Overall, I am proud of a lot of the little things that we are doing really well right now.”
Martha Alwal posted her first double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
“I just wanted to come out to today and play as hard as I could,” Alwal said. “I feel like the last few games I’ve been slacking. I should’ve been getting double-doubles in the last few games. I wanted to make up for that tonight.”
“That’s shocking because I’m not a scorer. I think I played okay as usual,” Carter said of her performance. “Defensively, I didn’t think I got as many rebounds as I should have had, but I think I played okay.”
The Bulldogs shot 53.3 percent from the floor in the game’s opening half and forced a total of 34 turnovers for the contests. In the last two games, the Bulldogs defense has forced 79 turnovers.
MSU scored the game’s first seven points and never trailed in the contest. A 3-point play by Alwal ran the advantage to 17-4 with 14:48 left in the half. Tech closed within nine on a layup by T’Keyah Williams at 21-12 with 11:54 left in the half.
The Bulldogs took advantage of their full-court pressure to build a 10-0 lead midway through the half. A jumper by Katia May, who had a career-high and MSU second-most 13 assists, ran the advantage to 37-16 with 6:55 left before halftime.
The Bulldogs forced 20 turnovers and hit 16-of-30 shots from the field to build a 52-27 advantage at halftime.
“We have a lot of holes to plug but I love the energy and effort in which we are trying to make things happen,” Schaefer said. “I like my team and I like their focus. We have some kids who can make a difference night in and night out. That is the biggest difference this year. I am pleased at how hard the kids are playing, because it is a reflection of their upbringing and their coaching to this point. It is also a reflection of the things that we are trying to accomplish.”
In the second half, the Bulldogs led by as many as 49 in the closing minutes.
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 30 of 68 shots from the field (44.1 percent), 2 of 15 shots from 3-point range (13.3 percent) and 28 of 39 shots from the foul line (71.8 percent). The Golden Eagles hit 15 of 42 shots from the field (35.7 percent), 2 of 7 shots from 3-point range (28.6 percent) and 13 of 16 shots from the foul line (81.3 percent).
MSU held a 45-26 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 19 assists and 12 turnovers, while the Golden Eagles had seven assists and 34 turnovers.
Tennessee Tech (1-2) received a game-high eight points from Williams.
MSU will host Savannah State at 6 p.m. Tuesday.