Bulldogs Return To The Road At No. 14 LSU Thursday

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Freshman Breanna Richardson and her MSU teammates head to No. 14 LSU Thursday. Richardson is averaging 12.3 ppg in SEC play.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – On the road, again.

Mississippi State returns to the road for the third time in four games Thursday as it travels to Baton Rouge to meet 14th-ranked LSU in a 7 p.m. tip at the Maravich Assembly Center.

The contest will be broadcast on WNMQ-FM 103.1 in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas, and the live audio stream will be available to HailStateTV subscribers at www.hailstate.com/hstlive.

Vic Schaefer’s squad heads to Baton Rouge for the fourth time in the last seven meetings 15-6 overall and 2-5 in SEC play following an exciting 69-62 win against Missouri in Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday.

Freshman Dominique Dillingham paced the Dawgs with a career-best 21 points and five 3-pointers. The Spring, Texas, native has been stellar for Mississippi State this season, averaging a team third-best 10.5 points and the most steals by a league rookie with 2.1 per contest.

Dillingham’s classmate Breanna Richardson also had a stellar showing against the Tigers, pouring in 15 points on 50-percent shooting after tallying a career-best 18 points in last Thursday’s overtime setback at Ole Miss.

Richardson, a Conyers, Ga., native, has tallied double figures in eight of her last 11 contests to average 12.3 points in SEC contests.

Junior Martha Alwal will aim for a third-straight double-double after she followed a 17-point, 12-rebound outing against the Rebels with 13 points and 13 boards in Sunday’s win against Missouri.

The Worthington, Minn., native claimed a double-double last season in Baton Rouge, pacing MSU with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Alwal, the SEC’s active leader in career double-doubles (26) and blocked shots (209), paces the squad with 15.5 points per game behind an SEC second-best 53.4 field goal percentage.

Mississippi State, the SEC leader in 3-point defense in league games, will meet one of the league’s top 3-point shooting teams for the second-straight game.

State limited Missouri, the SEC’s third-best team beyond the arc, to 31.6 percent (6-of-19). Thursday if faces an LSU squad that is tied for the league lead with 43.4 percent from 3-point range in SEC play.

LSU returns home 16-4 overall and 5-2 in SEC play after winning for the fourth time in five games with a 66-56 victory at Ole Miss Sunday.

Theresa Plaisance’s 14.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game pace the Tigers. Jeanne Kenney and Raigyne Moncrief also average double digits, contributing 11.1 and 10.7 points per contest.

Mississippi State returns home Sunday to host Greek Day against Georgia at 2 p.m. on CSS.

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