STARKVILLE – Mississippi State passed its exhibition test Monday night in preparation for the season opener Friday.
The Bulldogs made short work of Shorter downing the Lady Hawks 75-44 at Humphrey Coliseum.
“I thought our execution on the half court was much better than when we scrimmaged Tulane last week in Jackson,” said MSU coach Vic Schaefer. “Offensively, I thought we got off to a good start. We went inside early and got some easy things and that kind of settled us down a little bit.”
True freshman forward Breanna Richardson was one of two newcomers in the starting lineup and dazzled. The Conyers, Ga., native led the team with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added five steals.
“I was attacking the hole and getting offensive put backs,” Richardson said. “I should’ve made more free throws and I’d have had more points but it was a team effort. Wherever the team needed me at that time, I just played my role.”
Junior center Martha Alwal contributed a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for MSU.
“Martha had three points at halftime and my assistant (coach) Aqua (Franklin) got after her a little bit,” Schaefer said. “She came out in the second half and played with a little more authority. She needs to assert herself. 16 (points) and 12 (rebounds) will be her numbers every night. She knows that.”
Junior Kendra Grant scored 12 points while freshman guard Dominique Dillingham added 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Bulldogs shot 48.2-percent from the floor and drained five of their eight shots behind the arc.
Schaefer was unhappy with the 16 turnovers committed in the exhibition but only one was committed by point guards Katia May and Jerica James. 11 turnovers were committed by State post players.
The Bulldogs led 38-22 at halftime limiting Shorter to just 24-percent from the field.
The Lady Hawks shot just 4-of-25 from the outside and was the second straight year it has lost to the Mississippi State in exhibition action.
Lindsey Crawford led the Lady Hawks with a double-double effort of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Karisma Boykin and Kristin Nash each chipped in eight points for Shorter.
The Bulldogs tipoff at Houston Friday at 5:30 p.m.