Women's Hoops Hosts Missouri Sunday For "We Back Pat" Game
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.