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Mississippi State hosts Missouri Sunday for the team's "We Back Pat" game. Tip is set for 2 p.m. on SportSouth.
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Women's Hoops Hosts Missouri Sunday For "We Back Pat" Game

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January 25, 2014
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following a heartbreaking overtime defeat on Thursday, Mississippi State looks to bounce back as it returns to Humphrey Coliseum to host Missouri at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s contest, which will be televised live on SportSouth, will be MSU’s “We Back Pat” game, with the Bulldogs wearing special warm-up shirts in support of the Pat Summitt Foundation’s fight against Alzheimer’s.

Tickets for the game are $5 for adults and free to youth high school age and under. Families can enjoy games, inflatables and more in Bully’s Kidz Kourt starting at 1 p.m. in Mize Pavilion.

Fans can also sign-up for Maroon Memories prior to the game by going to hailstate.com/memories. Sunday’s available memories include the opportunity to stand on court with the Bulldogs for the National Anthem, the chance to participate in the Cadence This or That Challenge or have a personal visit from Bully.

In addition to the SportSouth broadcast, Sunday’s game will also be aired in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas on WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3 in Tupelo. HailStateTV subscribers can access the live audio stream at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

The squads will meet for only the second time, as the Bulldogs claimed a 61-56 decision in the inaugural meeting in Columbia last season.

Coach Vic Schaefer’s team enters the matchup 14-6 overall record and 1-5 in SEC play after falling 87-85 in overtime at Ole Miss on Thursday. Junior Kendra Grant led Mississippi State with 20 points, her second 20-plus point effort in the last three games, while freshman Breanna Richardson added a career-high 18 points, including 16 in the first half.

Junior Martha Alwal paces MSU with a 15.7 scoring clip that is good for ninth in the SEC. The Worthington, Minn., native ranks fourth in the league in rebounding with 8.5 boards a game and is second in field goal efficiency, shooting 54 percent.

Alwal collected her sixth double-double of the season at Ole Miss, claiming 17 points and 12 rebounds. She is the SEC’s active career leader in the category with 25.

Alwal and the Bulldogs meet a Missouri squad that is 13-6 overall and 2-4 in league play after falling 62-57 at home against No. 15 Texas A&M on Thursday.

Bri Kulas paces the Tigers’ offensive attack, rating second in the SEC with 19.1 points per game. Morgan Eye joins her in double figures with a 12.1 average.

The contest poses an intriguing matchup from beyond the arc, as Mississippi State rates third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense (.262), while Mizzou is third in made three-pointers at 38.9-percent.

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