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Mississippi State seniors claim win No. 100 in victory against Maine

The Bulldogs downed the Black Bears 83-43.

Posted: Dec. 18, 2017 12:18 AM
Updated: Dec. 18, 2017 12:18 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Teaira McCowan’s seventh double-double of the season led the way as No. 9/5 Mississippi State routed Maine 83-43 in a women’s basketball game played Sunday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.

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MSU improved to 11-0 by shooting 50 percent from the field and forcing 27 turnovers.

The victory marked the 100th-career win for seniors Blair Schaefer, Victoria Vivians and Morgan William.

“Maine played extremely hard,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “They had some travel difficulties getting here. For us, we were bland today, boring at times. It is typical coming off a big win. We had a hard time getting going. It’s a W. We will celebrate that. We give God the glory for 11-0.

“There are two big games ahead in Las Vegas. We are trying to go undefeated in non-conference. It hasn’t been done many times.”

McCowan had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Victoria Vivians added 12 points. Roshunda Johnson had four assists, while McCowan and Jazzmun Holmes each had three steals.

Eleven of the 12 Bulldogs who played scored in the contest.

The Bulldogs took control of the game early by scoring nine straight points to build a 9-3 lead. A 3-point play by McCowan and 3-pointer by Johnson ran the lead to 20-10.

MSU shot 55.0 percent from the field in the opening quarter and led 29-12 when that quarter ended.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs turned up the defensive pressure, allowing only six points and nine shots to be taken from the field.

The Bulldogs scored the final 12 points of the half to build a 45-18 lead at halftime. The Black Bears were held without a point over the final 6:11 of the half.

In the third quarter, an 8-0 run allowed the Bulldogs to push the advantage to 57-22 with 2:31 left in the third quarter.

For the contest, MSU hit 31 of 62 shots from the field (50.0 percent), 7 of 19 shots from 3-point range (36.8 percent) and 14 of 19 shots from the foul line (73.7 percent). Maine hit 16 of 49 shots from the field (32.7 percent), 3 of 20 shots from 3-point range (15.0 percent) and 8 of 11 shots from the foul line (72.7 percent).

MSU held a 39-28 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 19 assists and 16 turnovers, while the Black Bears had eight assists and 27 turnovers.

Maine (6-5) received 13 points from Blanca Millan and seven rebounds from Fanny Walding.

MSU will face UNLV at 4:30 p.m. CT Wednesday in its first game at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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