Bulldogs Open Home SEC Slate Sunday Afternoon Against Auburn

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Freshman Breanna Richardson enters Sunday with two-straight double-doubles. She is averaging 12.3 points the last three games.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State opens the 2014 home SEC slate Sunday afternoon, hosting Auburn in a 2 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum.

Admission to Sunday’s game is $5 for adults and free for youth high school age and under. Bully’s Kidz Kourt opens in Mize Pavilion an hour prior to tip, with games, inflatables and more available for children.

Free pizza will be available for students while supplies last.

Fans unable to get to the Hump can listen to the broadcast in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas on WKBB-FM 100.9 and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3. HailStateTV subscribers can access the live video and audio streams at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

The Bulldogs enter the contest 13-2 overall and 0-1 in league play after falling 82-72 at Florida in Thursday’s SEC opener.

The Dawgs return to the friendly confines of Humphrey Coliseum where they have won 11-straight and 13 of their last 14 games.

Freshmen Dominique Dillingham and Breanna Richardson paced the Bulldogs in their SEC debuts. Dillingham tallied a team-high 16 points, while Richardson recorded a second-straight double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

For Dillingham, the 16-point outing was her sixth double-figure scoring game in the last seven contests. Rating third on the team with an 11.2 scoring average, the Spring, Texas, native has been pouring in 13.9 points per game during the seven-game stretch.

The back-to-back double-doubles have propelled Richardson to a 12.3 scoring clip the last three games. During that stretch, the Conyers, Ga., native is shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line, while grabbing 8.7 rebounds per game.

Juniors Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant will look to get back on track after being held to six and five points, respectively, at Florida Thursday.

Alwal rates fifth in the SEC and first on the team with a 16.3 scoring average. She stands second in the league from the field, connecting on 58 percent of her attempts.

The SEC’s active career double-doubles leader tops MSU with an SEC fifth-best 8.5 rebounding average, and her 2.2 blocks per contest ranks second in the conference.

Grant follows Alwal in scoring with a 13.5 average. The Richland, Miss., native has been impressive at the free-throw line, claiming an 81-percent tally that is fifth in the league.

Sunday’s contest features two solid defensive squads. The Dawgs enter the game fifth in the SEC with a 56.8 scoring defense, one spot ahead of an Auburn team that is surrendering 57.7 points per game.

Both teams also are near the top of the SEC in steals this season, with MSU rating second (12.3) and Auburn fourth (10.3).

For Auburn, Sunday’s game will be its first in two weeks. The Tigers head to Starkville 9-4 overall following a 67-54 setback at Minnesota on Dec. 22.

Tyrese Tanner paces Auburn in scoring and rebounding. She contributes 16.8 points per game while averaging seven rebounds.

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