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Lady Bulldogs Trek To The Desert For Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - In the middle of the Mojave Desert, the Mississippi State women's golf team will take to the links in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown hosted by UNLV at the par-72, 6,230-yard Stallion Mountain Country Club.

MSU is looking to cap the fall slate off with its fourth-consecutive Top 10 card, a feat not accomplished since 2005. The team's three Top 10's thus far is tied for tops in the SEC, and its current 300.78 average is on pace to be the program's lowest tournament average in its 33-year history.

The 11th Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown will feature only one other SEC team, No. 48 Missouri. Three other GolfStat.com Top 50 teams are in the field: No. 25 Penn State, No. 37 Wisconsin and No. 41 Indiana. Other teams include Colorado State, Fresno State, Idaho, Kansas State, Kennesaw State, Long Beach State, Minnesota, New Mexico State, North Texas, San Diego State and Washington State. This marks MSU's first appearance in the event.

"We have a great opportunity to finish the fall with a strong event," third-year MSU coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. "The girls really gained a lot of confidence with their performance last week in Knoxville, so I'm ready to see how they carry it over to this event. We must continue to focus on our score and let the other teams fall where they may. The field for Las Vegas is strong, but gives us the opportunity to post a solid finish."

For the fourth-consecutive tournament, the Lady Bulldogs' top four players will remain Ally McDonald, Rica Tse, Gabi Oubre' and Mary Langdon Gallagher. Reappearing in the lineup in the fifth spot will be Elena Warren.

McDonald has continued to shine early in her sophomore campaign. She leads the Maroon and White with a 72.44 scoring clip, which is fourth-best in the SEC. The Fulton, Miss., native treks to the desert in search of her seventh-straight Top 25 card dating back to last season.

Fellow sophomore Tse is also off to a solid start with 70.3 finishing percentage. As the number-two finisher on the MSU leaderboard each of the first three events this season, she has managed to climb into the SEC Top 25 at No. 23.

"Ally and Rica have been outstanding for us," Brown-Lemm said. "Ally picked up right where she left off last season. I'm eager to see her have a breakout tournament this year. Rica, on the other hand, was solid last year, but stepped up her game this year. Having that one-two complement at the top of your lineup is very valuable."

Oubre' looks to continue her strong play to start her career. Her 76.44 scoring clip ranks third on the team, and she is one of only three Lady Bulldogs to have a finishing percentage above .500.

Co-captain Gallagher will be appearing in the 23rd event of her career, 13 more than any other team member. Her 17 birdies are tied for third-most on the squad and owns a 76.00 average card over her last four rounds.

Warren will return to the lineup after missing the last two tournaments. The sophomore last played in the season-opening Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational, firing a 236.

The Lady Bulldogs are slated to tee off at 9:58 a.m. alongside Washington State and Wisconsin.

Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the women's golf program on Twitter (@mstateWG) and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateWG.


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