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Freshman Dominique Dillingham will make her MSU debut tonight. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Freshman Dominique Dillingham will make her MSU debut tonight. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

STARKVILLEVic Schaefer’s second season as head coach of the Mississippi State women’s basketball team begins Monday night as the Bulldogs host Shorter in a 7 p.m. exhibition contest at Humphrey Coliseum.

Admission to the games is free, and fans are encouraged to bring cans of food as the Mississippi State M-Club begins its annual Thanksgiving food drive.

The contest will be streamed to HailStateTV subscribers at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Mississippi State welcomes eight players, including four starters, back to the squad along with five heralded newcomers.

Junior Martha Alwal looks to build on a sensational sophomore campaign that saw her earn All-SEC accolades and the Gillom Trophy after averaging a team-high 12.1 points per game and leading the SEC with 9.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest and 16 double-doubles.

State also returns junior Kendra Grant following a banner season that saw her average a personal-best 11.8 points per game.

Monday’s contest will be the second-straight year the Bulldogs have met Shorter for their exhibition. State opened the Schaefer era with a 55-49 win against the Lady Hawks last season, using stifling defense and 13 points each from Carnecia Williams and Katia May to rally for the win.

Williams had a breakout season for the Bulldogs, posting a career-best 8.3 points per game. May, one of two seniors along with Candace Foster, scored at a 5.1 clip a year ago while topping the team with 3.2 assists per game.

The returning Bulldogs will get a boost from a talented group of newcomers that includes junior Savannah Carter, a member of Trinity Valley Community College’s 2012-13 national championship team; Texas all-state standouts Ketara Chapel and Dominique Dillingham; Georgia all-state selection Breanna Richardson; and Nigeria native Chinwe Okorie, who averaged a double-double last season at Stoneleigh-Burnham (Mass.) School.

The Bulldogs open the regular season on the road Friday, heading to Houston for a 5 p.m. tip. State begins the home slate Wednesday, Nov. 13 against Jackson State at 7 p.m.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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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