MSU Women's Basketball Hosts Shorter

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Vic Schaefer's second season as head coach of the Mississippi State women's basketball team begins Monday night as the Bulldogs host Shorter in a 7 p.m. exhibition contest at Humphrey Coliseum.

Admission to the games is free, and fans are encouraged to bring cans of food as the Mississippi State M-Club begins its annual Thanksgiving food drive.

The contest will be streamed to HailStateTV subscribers at

Mississippi State welcomes eight players, including four starters, back to the squad along with five heralded newcomers.

Junior Martha Alwal looks to build on a sensational sophomore campaign that saw her earn All-SEC accolades and the Gillom Trophy after averaging a team-high 12.1 points per game and leading the SEC with 9.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest and 16 double-doubles.

State also returns junior Kendra Grant following a banner season that saw her average a personal-best 11.8 points per game.

Monday's contest will be the second-straight year the Bulldogs have met Shorter for their exhibition. State opened the Schaefer era with a 55-49 win against the Lady Hawks last season, using stifling defense and 13 points each from Carnecia Williams and Katia May to rally for the win.

Williams had a breakout season for the Bulldogs, posting a career-best 8.3 points per game. May, one of two seniors along with Candace Foster, scored at a 5.1 clip a year ago while topping the team with 3.2 assists per game.

The returning Bulldogs will get a boost from a talented group of newcomers that includes junior Savannah Carter, a member of Trinity Valley Community College's 2012-13 national championship team; Texas all-state standouts Ketara Chapel and Dominique Dillingham; Georgia all-state selection Breanna Richardson; and Nigeria native Chinwe Okorie, who averaged a double-double last season at Stoneleigh-Burnham (Mass.) School.

The Bulldogs open the regular season on the road Friday, heading to Houston for a 5 p.m. tip. State begins the home slate Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Jackson State at 7 p.m.

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