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Mississippi State women begin 2018 No. 5 in AP Poll

The Bulldogs are 15-0.

Posted: Jan 1, 2018 5:30 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - It was a Happy New Year for Mississippi State women’s basketball.

In addition to improving to 15-0 on the season and defeating Georgia in Sunday’s Southeastern Conference opener, Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs started 2018 No. 5 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

Off to the third-best start in school history, MSU is one of four undefeated teams in the country. The Bulldogs and Tennessee are the SEC’s only remaining unbeaten squads.

After claiming its first win in Athens since 2002 with Sunday’s 86-62 win, State claimed its 64th-straight week in the poll, the sixth-longest active streak in the country. The Bulldogs' 28-consecutive weeks in the Top 10 rates fifth nationally.

MSU’s 86-point effort, the most allowed by Georgia since 2006, was paced by 26 points and 13 rebounds from junior Teaira McCowan.

That performance, coupled with a 41-point, 13-rebound showing against Mississippi Valley State earned her SEC Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness on Monday.

McCowan averaged 33.5 points on 79.5-percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the two games. Against MVSU, the Brenham, Texas, native became the 12th Bulldog to score 40 points and tied Morgan William for eighth. Her 19 field goals in the contest rank second in program annals.

McCowan and the Bulldogs open the home SEC slate Thursday, hosting Arkansas at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network. The contest will be Blair Schaefer Senior Night, with posters of the senior guard being given away.

On Wednesday, MSU will host its first Hail State Hoops luncheon of 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Mize, and the first edition of DawgTalk with Vic Schaefer will air live from The Veranda from 8-9 p.m. following the opening hour of the show with Ben Howland.

Associated Press Top 25 Poll – January 1, 2018

Rnk. Team Rcd. Pts. Pvs.

1 UConn 11-0 800 1

2 Notre Dame 13-1 750 2

3 Louisville 16-0 736 3

4 South Carolina 12-1 680 4

5 Mississippi State 15-0 677 5

6 Baylor 12-1 634 6

7 Tennessee 13-0 619 7

8 Texas 11-1 600 8

9 Oregon 13-2 515 10

10 Ohio State 13-2 485 12

11 Florida State 13-1 455 13

12 West Virginia 13-1 453 9

13 Maryland 13-2 420 15

14 UCLA 10-3 371 11

15 Missouri 13-1 362 16

16 Oregon State 11-2 323 17

17 Duke 11-3 291 14

18 Iowa 14-1 228 23

19 Texas A&M 11-4 172 22

20 Oklahoma State 11-2 161 24

21 Villanova 11-1 126 18

22 Michigan 12-3 105 21

23 California 10-3 94 20

24 Stanford 8-6 85 NR

25 Arizona State 11-3 67 NR

Others receiving votes: South Florida 65, Rutgers 47, Green Bay 46, Miami 14, New Mexico 14, Syracuse 3, Georgia Tech 3, North Carolina State 2, Brown 1, Virginia Tech 1, DePaul 1, Navy 1.

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