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Mississippi State women garner another week at No. 5 in AP poll

Bulldogs are 13-0.

Posted: Dec 25, 2017 10:59 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - For Christmas, the Mississippi State women’s basketball team received another week at No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

After wrapping the pre-Christmas portion of its slate 13-0, Vic Schaefer’s squad claimed its 63rd-straight week in the poll, the sixth-longest active streak in the country after Stanford fell out. The Bulldogs' 27-consecutive weeks in the Top 10 rates fifth nationally.

The Bulldogs earned the Top 5 ranking after knocking off host UNLV and No. 22 Syracuse to win the Rebel Division of the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas.

Victoria Vivians paced the Bulldogs in Las Vegas, averaging 24.0 points and 7.5 rebounds to claim MVP honors of the Rebel Division. Vivians scored 22 points in the opener against the host Lady Rebels before knocking down 26 points against Syracuse the following day.

In the tournament finale, Vivians became the third MSU player to reach 2,000-career points.

Teaira McCowan also entered the Christmas break on a solid note, notching her eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season while tallying 22.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in the two games.

Against UNLV, McCowan collected her third 30-point game of the season as she put in 31 points to go with 15 rebounds. Against Syracuse, the Brenham, Texas, native grabbed 13 boards while adding 14 points.

The Bulldogs return to Humphrey Coliseum on Dec. 28 to wrap the non-conference slate against Mississippi Valley State in a 7 p.m. tip.

Associated Press Top 25 Poll – December 25, 2017

Rnk. Team Rcd. Pts. Pvs.

1 Uconn (32) 10-0 800 1

2 Notre Dame 11-1 748 2

3 Louisville 14-0 740 3

4 South Carolina 11-1 687 4

5 Mississippi State 13-0 674 5

6 Baylor 10-1 628 6

7 Tennessee 12-0 621 7

8 Texas 9-1 589 8

9 West Virginia 12-0 508 9

10 Oregon 11-2 498 10

11 UCLA 9-2 463 11

12 Ohio State 11-2 440 12

13 Florida State 11-1 413 13

14 Duke 10-2 398 14

15 Maryland 11-2 369 15

16 Missouri 12-1 319 16

17 Oregon State 9-2 274 17

18 Villanova 10-0 236 20

19 Green Bay 10-1 194 21

20 California 9-2 159 24

21 Michigan 11-2 154 23

22 Texas A&M 10-3 140 19

23 Iowa 12-1 101 25

24 Oklahoma State 9-2 91 NR

25 South Florida 10-3 39 22

Others receiving votes: Stanford 36, Arizona State 25, Syracuse 23, Michigan State 10, Rutgers 8, New Mexico 4, Southern California 4, Oklahoma 4, Ball State 1, Marquette 1, DePaul 1.

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