Schaefer encouraged after scrimmage

Jerica James drives to the basket against "The Guys" during Wednesday's scrimmage. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Jerica James drives to the basket against “The Guys” during Wednesday’s scrimmage. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

STARKVILLE – Following the men’s scrimmage, Mississippi State showcased its women’s basketball team in an open scrimmage inside Humphrey Coliseum Wednesday evening.

Second year head coach Vic Schaefer sent his squad through four 10-minute games and a five minute exhibition. Two of the sessions saw the women’s team divide up and scrimmage while two more saw the women take on a group of college men they practice against each day aptly named “The Guys”.

The final five minute session saw the women team up against four guys and walk-on  forward J’Net Wash.

The Bulldogs shot 46.5-percent from the floor and drained 6-of-15 shots behind the arc.

“I think we’re a lot different,” Schaefer said. “I think we look different and I’m really pleased with our kids and our competitiveness. I like our skill set. I am very encouraged after tonight.”

Martha Alwal and Jerica James tied for the team lead with 19 points each. Alwal was 8-of-11 from the field with six rebounds and a pair of blocks while James made 7-of-12 shots including 3-of-4 from 3-point range and dished out six assists.

Katia May added 13 points while Breanna Richardson and Kendra Grant chipped in a dozen points each. Dominique Dillingham was the only other MSU player in double figures with 10 points.

“We’ve never had this much talent at one time,” May said. “It’s very interesting. I love it though. It’s a lot of competition and makes you work hard every day.”

Schaefer’s squad features eight returning players and five newcomers this season which could lead to several fresh faces on the floor.

“We certainly have more depth and our skill set is better,” Schaefer said. “If we had to go to war tomorrow and play, We’ve got four starters back and there might only be one of them on the floor. I think that says a lot about our youth and our ‘newbies’ as I call them. But I don’t think those kids are just going to lay down and let them take it. I think we’ve got some fierce competition going on right now and that’s good.”

State will host an exhibition Nov. 4 against Shorter at 7 p.m. before beginning the regular season on the road at Houston Nov. 8.

Individual scoring – Martha Alwal 19, Jerica James 19, Katia May 13, Breanna Richardson 12, Kendra Grant 12, Dominique Dillingham 10, Ketara Chapel 9, Savannah Carter 8, Candace Foster 4, Carnecia Williams 4, Sherise Williams 2, Chinwe Okorie 2

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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