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Mississippi State women climb to No. 3 in AP Poll

State’s run in the Top 25 is the sixth-longest active streak in the country.

Posted: Jan. 15, 2018 9:58 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Off to the second-best start in program history at 19-0, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team moved up to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

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The only SEC team and one of three squads nationally without a loss, the Bulldogs matched their highest AP ranking in school history as they earned a 66th-straight week in the poll and 30th-consecutive week in the Top 10.

State’s run in the Top 25 is the sixth-longest active streak in the country, while its tenure in the Top 10 is the fifth-longest current run.

Vic Schaefer’s squad remained atop the SEC standings at 5-0 as it defeated in-state rival Ole Miss 76-45 on Thursday and Alabama 75-61 on Sunday to wrap a two-game homestand.

Teaira McCowan led MSU’s win against Ole Miss, the Bulldogs’ largest margin of victory in the series, with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

McCowan added another double-double, her 14th of the year, with 19 points and 16 boards against Alabama. Senior Victoria Vivians paced the Bulldogs’ win against the Crimson Tide, tallying 21 points to go with seven rebounds.

One of the top-scoring duos in the country, McCowan and Vivians rate third and fourth in the SEC in scoring this season, averaging 20.9 and 19.3 ppg, respectively. McCowan also tops the conference in rebounding (12.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (65.0 percent).

The Bulldogs have an open date Thursday before heading to Knoxville on Sunday for a showdown against No. 6 Tennessee. Tip for the game is set for 2 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Associated Press Top 25 Poll – January 15, 2018

Rnk. Team Rcd. Pts. Pvs.

1 UConn (32) 15-0 800 1

2 Louisville 19-0 766 3

3 Mississippi State 19-0 729 4

4 Baylor 15-1 698 5

5 Notre Dame 16-2 665 2

6 Tennessee 16-1 630 6

7 Oregon 17-2 615 8

8 Ohio State 16-2 563 10

9 Texas 14-2 540 7

10 South Carolina 14-3 510 9

11 Missouri 15-2 478 12

12 Florida State 16-2 445 13

13 UCLA 13-4 419 14

14 Maryland 15-3 381 11

15 Duke 14-4 326 16

16 Texas A&M 14-5 272 17

17 West Virginia 15-3 256 15

18 Oregon State 13-4 236 22

19 Michigan 15-4 183 23

20 Iowa 15-3 148 18

21 California 13-4 123 24

22 Arizona State 13-5 108 18

23 Green Bay 14-2 99 25

24 Oklahoma State 12-4 96 20

25 Rutgers 17-3 90 21

Others Receiving Votes: Georgia 87, Stanford 51, South Florida 39, TCU 13, Villanova 9, Marquette 7, Syracuse 6, Michigan State 3, N.C. State 3, Belmont 2, Kansas State 2, Mercer 1, Purdue 1.

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