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Mississippi State hosts Tennessee Tech at 7 p.m. Thursday and Savannah State Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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Hail State Hoops Hosts Tennessee Tech Thursday at 7 P.M.

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November 20, 2013

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State will aim to keep its perfect start to the season intact Thursday as it hosts Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech in a 7 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum.

Thursday’s contest features a pair of conference leaders in scoring this season, as Mississippi State’s 89.3 scoring average rates second in the SEC, while Tennessee Tech tops the OVC with 82.5 points per game.

Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under. Bully’s Kidz Kourt on the Mize Pavilion floor opens at 6 p.m., with games, inflatables and more for children.

Free pizza will be available for students while supplies last.

The game will be broadcast live in the Golden Triangle area on WKBB-FM 100.9 and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3, with Jason Crowder and Charlie Winfield on the call. Live video and audio of the contest will be available to HailStateTV subscribers via www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Coach Vic Schaefer’s squad enters the game 3-0 following a decisive 111-38 win against New Orleans on Sunday. State tied for the third-most points in a game while the 73-point margin of victory rates second all-time.

Junior Kendra Grant paced a school-record seven Bulldogs in double figures, tying her career high with 23 points. Grant, who hit her first seven shots of the game, improved her team-leading scoring average to an SEC fifth-best 16.7 points per game.

Fellow junior Martha Alwal raised her season average to 14.7 ppg after finishing a rebound shy of a double-double with 17 points and nine boards against UNO. The Worthington, Minn., native has connected on 17-of-25 shots from the floor this season for an SEC-best 68-percent shooting percentage.

Freshman Breanna Richardson (11.3 ppg), junior Savannah Carter (10.7 ppg) and sophomore Sherise Williams (10.7 ppg) are the other Bulldogs averaging double digits this season.

Carter, a standout guard from Tulsa, Okla., tops MSU on the boards with 8.3 per contest. She currently stands 12th in the SEC in total rebounding, while her five offensive boards per game are good for third-most in the league.

Senior Katia May set up her teammates as she matched a career high with 11 assists on Sunday. May is tied for first in the conference with 9.0 assists per game, while her 6.8 assist-to-turnover ratio is second.

The Bulldogs will need to keep the balanced scoring going against a Golden Eagles squad that is 1-1 following a 118-71 road setback to Akron on Nov. 12.

Diamond Henderson paces TTU with a 16.0 scoring average that is 10th in the OVC. The 43.8-percent shooting squad also gets 13.0 points per game and a team-high nine rebounds per contest from T’Keyah Williams.

Mississippi State wraps the four-game homestand Tuesday, Nov. 26, hosting Savannah State in a 6 p.m. tip.
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