STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs will open their Southeastern Conference home slate Sunday, hosting in-state rival Ole Miss at 2 p.m. CT at the Humphrey Coliseum. The game has been designated as the second annual "Pack The Hump" game.
In its second year, the Mississippi State Athletic Department encourages fans to "Pack the Hump" in support of the Lady Bulldogs and help Mississippi State be a leader in attendance at women's basketball. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids under 18. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 12:30 p.m.
The Lady Bulldogs enter Sunday's matchup with a 12-3 overall record this season. State continues to rank among the top teams in the conference in several statistical categories. State ranks second in the league in scoring margin, defeating opponents by an average of 20.4 points a game. MSU continues to lead the league in assists, dishing out 16.5 a contest and ranks second and third respectively in turnover margin and assist/turnover ratio. Mississippi State has been solid on the defensive end as well, leading the league in blocked shots a game (7.0) and steals a game (12.9).
Junior guard Alexis Rack continues to lead MSU on the offensive end. The Franklin, La.,-native is currently the sixth leading scorer in the conference, averaging 13.8 points a game. Rack is third in the SEC in assists per game with 4.7, second in the conference in free throw shooting and leads the SEC with 2.5 three-point field goals a game. On defense, State junior Armelie Lumanu leads the conference in steals a game with 3.1, while junior Chanel Mokango leads the SEC in blocks, averaging 3.1 a game.
Ole Miss (12-4), comes into Sunday's game having won their SEC opener against Georgia at home on Thursday. The Lady Rebels, led by second-year coach Renee Ladner, have won four straight overall. Senior Shawn Goff leads UM in scoring, averaging 14.4 points a game. Sophomore guard Bianca Thomas also averages double-figures, adding 13.2 points a contest.
In the last 10 meetings with the Lady Rebels, State is 4-6. The Lady Bulldogs hold a 6-4 record against Ole Miss in the last 10 meetings in Starkville, including a 57-52 victory last season at home.
Following Sunday's game, Mississippi State will return to the Humphrey Coliseum on Thursday, playing host to seventh-ranked Tennessee at 7 p.m. Thursday's game will be televised regionally by Comcast Sports Southeast.