LAS CRUCES, N.M. - After a final-round 298, the Mississippi State women's golf team posted the 10th-best 52-hole score in the program's history with a 901 in the Price's "Give ‘Em Five" Invitational.
Tournament-host New Mexico State's 900 won the battle for eighth-place over the Lady Bulldogs. 24th-ranked Baylor won the event with a 4-under-par 280, edging out Idaho with an 861.
For MSU individually, freshman Ally McDonald once again shined by sandwiching a 74 between an opening round, 2-under-par 70 and a final-round 72. She tied for the best par-5 scoring in the field with a 6-under, while her eighth-place finish is the first Top 10 card in her young career.
Just behind McDonald was Mary Langdon Gallagher with a 6-over-par 222. After stumbling out the gates with a 78, the experienced sophomore rebounded with a 71 and 73 to close out the event. Finishing tied for 17th earned Gallagher her third Top 25 card.
Newcomer Elena Warren posted a 229, bettering heR previous tournament's score by 18 strokes. Her 10 birdies in Las Cruces was the second-most by any individual in the tournament.
Perry Katherine Furr and Elena Warren rounded out the field for the Lady Bulldogs with a 234 and 239, respectively. Furr knocked in one of only seven eagles at the event.
MSU returns to action at the talent-packed Pac 12/SEC Challenge hosted by Tennessee at the Holston Hills Country Club.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State takes aim on a program-first win over a ranked volleyball opponent Friday night when the Bulldogs (9-8/4-4 SEC) open "Maroon Madness" events in Humphrey Coliseum with a 7 p.m. match against the 25th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (16-3/7-1 SEC). "Maroon Madness" is open to the public with no charge for admission.
It's the first MSU volleyball match in Humphrey Coliseum since the 2008 campaign and kicks off a wide array of evening events celebrating the official start of preseason practice for Mississippi State Bulldog and Lady Bulldog basketball. In conjunction with the match being played at Humphrey Coliseum, a special video streaming offering of the contest will be available online (www.MStateAthletics.com) on Maroon to the Max. The stream will include a three-camera production and a play-by-play call.
A school and state collegiate record attendance is anticipated for Friday's match. MSU set those marks Aug. 26 in the Newell-Grissom Building when 3,024 attended the Bulldogs' season-opening match against Southern Illinois.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend having won three of their last four matches and a half-game behind front-running LSU in the SEC Western Division race. Powered by a career-best 27-kill performance by senior outside hitter Caitlin Rance, State rallied for a five-set win over Auburn last Sunday. Rance needs 24 kills to become the 10th Mississippi State player to reach the 1,000-kill career milestone.
Sophomore setter Paris Perret dished out a career-best 61 assists while freshman middle blocker Lainey Wyman delivered five blocks and 14 kills on a .357 hitting performance in the win over Auburn. For her efforts last weekend Wyman was accorded SEC Freshman of the Week honors Monday, her second such recognition this fall. The Plainfield, Ill., product opened the week ranked second in the SEC with 71 blocks.
Kentucky, with wins in 14 of its last 15 matches prior to a Wednesday match at SEC-leading Tennessee, features a balanced attack. UK opened the week with league-best per-set averages in kills (14.38) and blocks (2.48) but without a player included among the SEC leaders in those individual statistical categories. Wildcat defensive standout Stephanie Klefot leads the league in digs (4.68).
The home football weekend's festivities kick off Friday at 6 p.m. with a pep rally on Main Street in Starkville during "Downtown Pumpkin Palooza". "Maroon Madness" events and giveaways are scheduled during Friday's volleyball match in Humphrey Coliseum.
Mississippi State closes out its weekend volleyball schedule Sunday at the Newell-Grissom Building hosting No. 18 Tennessee (15-2/8-0 SEC). Tailgate Rebound-Free Hardee's Pre-Game Lunch and "Sunday Bingo" are promotional events scheduled in conjunction with the 1:30 p.m. MSU-UT match.