Lady Bulldogs to Face New Orleans

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The 14th-ranked Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs (16-6, 5-4) host their last non-conference opponent of the season, the New Orleans Privateers (10-12) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Humphrey Coliseum.

The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a heartbreak 77-72 loss to No. 4 LSU this past Sunday. This marks the first time this season that MSU has suffered back-to-back losses. State is now 2-5 this season versus top 25 opponents.

Wednesday's matchup marks the 10th meeting between the two schools. MSU leads the series 6-3 and has won the last five straight. UNO is riding a three-game winning streak and most recently defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 63-47.

Mississippi State has dominated its non-conference play this season so far. After Mississippi State's first non-conference loss to then No. 14 Penn State in the semifinals of the WNIT, the Lady Bulldogs won six straight before falling to Utah in the first round of the Lady Griz Holiday Classic.

MSU is 11-2 (.846) coming into Wednesday night's game. MSU's non-conference record this season marks the second highest while under head coach Sharon Fanning, second to the 1999-2000 season where the Lady Bulldogs went 13-1 (.929) with then freshman LaToya Thomas.

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