STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State University women's basketball team (4-5) returns home Tuesday evening to host Grambling State University (4-6) in a 7 p.m. tipoff at Humphrey Coliseum. Tuesday's game is also designated as ‘Christmas at the Hump' night and Santa will be available for photographs and fans in attendance will have chances to win presents from MSU Athletics.
MSU leads the overall series with the Lady Tigers, 2-1. The last time the two clubs met was Nov. 16, 1998 with MState taking a 79-75 victory. MSU also won the Dec. 7, 1996 meeting 81-61, while Grambling took the first meeting between the schools on Nov. 25, 1994, 112-91, at the Capstone Sheraton Invitational in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Lady Bulldogs enter Tuesday's contest coming off a 75-49 loss at 13th-ranked Purdue on Saturday evening. Freshman guard Alexis Rack led MState with a season-high 15 points, while sophomore guard Marneshia Richard tallied 11 points on her record-setting night. Richard recorded a career-high seven steals to tie for first on the sophomore single game list for most steals in a game and tie for seventh on the all-time list in the same category. She also netted a career-high seven rebounds.
The Lady Bulldogs are seeking to halt a four-game non-conference skid. MSU has not dropped five consecutive non-conference games -- a school record -- since early last season when MState fell to East Tennessee State (53-78), Texas Christian (52-72), Arizona State (48-70), Southern Miss (57-64) and Florida State (59-75).
Grambling defeated Division II school Fort Valley State, 77-64, on Saturday. Three Lady Tigers scored in double digits, including leading scorer Dominique Headd, who netted 15 points. Lacey Cormier' added 12 points along with nine rebounds and five blocked shots. Sophomore guard Kourtney Sherman leads the Lady Tigers, averaging 10.6 points per game.
Following Tuesday's contest, the Lady Bulldogs return to action Thursday afternoon at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. MState hosts New Orleans in a 4:30 p.m. contest, followed by the MSU/UNO men at 7 p.m.