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Ketara Chapel has started three games as a true freshman for the Bulldogs. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Ketara Chapel has started three games as a true freshman for the Bulldogs. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State seeks to build on the best start since 2008-09 Saturday when the Bulldogs host Alabama State in women’s basketball action at Humphrey Coliseum.

The contest, State’s fifth game in nine days, tips at 7 p.m. Bully’s Kidz Kourt, which features games, inflatables and more, begins at 6 in Mize Pavilion.

Tickets for the contest are $5 for adults and free for students high school age and under.

Students can take a break from studying for final exams and come enjoy Bulldog hoops and free pizza while supplies last.

Fans unable to attend can listen in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas on WKBB-FM 100.9 and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3.

HailStateTV subscribers can access the live video and audio streams at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

Vic Schaefer’s Bulldogs enter the second of three-straight home dates 8-1 following a 78-51 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.

In the contest, junior Martha Alwal recorded her second double-double of the season and the SEC second-best 21st of her career with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Alwal enters Saturday the team leader with 15.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per contest. Mississippi State’s career blocks leader, Alwal has rejected 24 shots this season for an SEC-best 2.7 average.

Fellow junior Kendra Grant scored 12 points in the win against the Ragin’ Cajuns to raise her season tally to 13.4 points per game. The Richland, Miss., native has reached double figures in seven of nine games and nine of 12 contests going back to last season.

The pair was joined in double digits by freshman Dominique Dillingham, who had a personal-best 19 points to lead all scorers. Dillingham rates third on the squad with 10.0 points per game, and she is pulling down 4.6 rebounds per contest, including a team second-most 27 offensive boards.

The Bulldogs will look to win a 13th-straight non-conference home game against a 4-1 Alabama State squad that hits the road for the first time this year.

The Lady Hornets knocked off Samford 44-40 in overtime Wednesday thanks to 12 points from Nakiya Smith and 10 from Taila Arrington.

Quentori Alford, who added nine points, 11 rebounds and four blocks against Samford, leads Alabama State with 11.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and an NCAA second-most 4.2 blocked shots.

(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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