MSU women’s hoops invites fans to banquet

Fans can join the Mississippi State women’s basketball team at its awards banquet Wednesday, March 27.

The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center on the Mississippi State campus. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased through 5 p.m. Monday by calling the Bulldog basketball office at 662-325-0198 or e-mailing

Fans will enjoy a great meal, highlight video, remarks from head coach Vic Schaefer and players, and the awards presentations.

Mississippi State capped its first season under Schaefer with an upset of No. 11 Georgia that was the program’s first victory against a ranked team since 2010.

State won three of its final four home games and finished the year with 12 home wins, the most since the 2009-10 campaign.

State finished the campaign first in the SEC and No. 14 nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense (25.8%). The squad also rated second in the SEC, No. 21 in the nation, in blocks with 5.1 per game, and fourth in the league at the free-throw line with 70.7 percent, its highest tally since the 2003-04 season.

The team claimed the most rebounds in the SEC this season with 65 in the season-opening win against Houston. In addition to setting a school record with a perfect 18-for-18 showing at the free-throw line against UC Santa Barbara in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Bulldogs also blocked the most shots by an SEC team this season with 13 against Florida Atlantic. The squad’s 11 swats against Alabama on Feb. 21 tied Tennessee for the most in a league contest this year.

Individually, Martha Alwal and Kendra Grant paced Mississippi State with 12.1 and 11.8 ppg. Alwal earned All-SEC accolades from both the coaches and Associated Press in addition to winning the Gillom Trophy for the state’s top female college basketball player.

Alwal topped the SEC with 9.7 rebounds per contest and rated second in blocked shots (2.6 bpg) and fourth in free-throw percentage (78.9%).

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