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National honors roll in for Victoria Vivians and Vic Schaefer

Mississippi State head women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer and junior guard Victoria Vivians head into the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament as finalists for two of the most prestigious honors in women’s basketball.

Earlier this week Vivians was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year Award. Schaefer was also named one of 10 semifinalists for the Werner Ladder Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

Vivians led the Bulldogs in scoring with 17.2 points per game, which is fifth in the SEC. She also was good on the defensive end with 1.7 steals per game in SEC contests, which was ninth in the SEC.

Vivians has led the Bulldogs in scoring each of her three seasons with the Bulldogs.

Schaefer led the Bulldog team to a 27-3 record and 13-3 in the SEC, the second most wins in program history and the best regular season SEC record also in program history.

During his five years at Mississippi State, he will have had three teams make the NCAA Tournament. His 2016 team made the Sweet 16.

Schaefer’s success has also generated tremendous interest from the MSU fanbase. The past three seasons has seen attendance records. This season, the Bulldogs had a program-best 6,793 fans per contest.

Schaefer, Vivians and the Bulldogs will open SEC Tournament play at 6 p.m ET Friday against 7th seed LSU at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. The game will be nationally televised on the SEC Network.

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