#25 Lady Bulldogs Continue Homestand

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The 25th-ranked Mississippi State Women's Basketball team will continue its four-game homestand to open the season as they entertain Utah Valley Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Humphrey Coliseum.

Sharon Fanning-Otis' 2-0 Lady Bulldogs are off to a quick start after a 58-point victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the season opener Friday and an 80-50 win over East Tennessee State this past Sunday. In the first two games of the season, Mississippi State has not trailed in winning by an average of 44 points.

In the first week of play, Mississippi State leads all Southeastern Conference teams in scoring offense, averaging 93 points a game. The Lady Bulldogs rank third in the league in scoring defense allowing 49 points on average in the first two contests.

Senior Tysheka Grimes has paced the Lady Bulldogs thus far, averaging 17 points an outing including a 22-point performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In that contest, she also pulled down 12 rebounds for her seventh career double-double.

All-SEC guard Alexis Rack is averaging 15 points a game and paces the team in steals with six. She is also tied for the team lead in assists with seven.

Hailing from Orem, Utah, the Utah Valley Wolverines come into Wednesday's game with a 2-1 record. Most recently, UVU defeated the College of Idaho 72-56 in Orem. The Wolverines are led by senior Julie Smith who is averaging 18 points an outing in the first three game this season. Head coach Cathy Nixon is 266-160 in her 15th season at UVU.

The only previous meeting between Mississippi State and Utah Valley came last season in Orem as the Lady Bulldogs outlasted the Wolverines 71-63.

Following Wednesday's game, State closes out its homestand with a matchup with perennial power Maryland from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Sunday's game is set for a 2 p.m. tip off from the Humphrey Coliseum.

General admission single-game tickets to all Mississippi State Women's Basketball games are $5 while general admission season tickets can be purchased for $25. New this season, everyone age 17 and under is admitted free to all women's basketball games. For more ticket information, please contact the MSU ticket office at 1-888-GO-DAWGS or visit mstateathetics.com/tickets.

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