by Brian Ogden, Assistant Coordinator/Communications
STARKVILLE – Fresh off an 18-point win over then-No. 10 Texas, Mississippi State's sixth-ranked women's basketball team hosts No. 18/15 Marquette on Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
Tipoff from Starkville is set for 7 p.m. CT with the game airing on SEC Network . Fans can listen to the action on the MSU Radio Network and online via HailState.com/Plus and the TuneIn app.
The Bulldogs have won eight of their last 10 games against ranked opponents and enter the game with a 45-game winning streak in regular-season non-conference contests, dating back to Dec. 2, 2015.
MSU's defense has been suffocating, leading to the largest scoring margin in the country ( 46.4). The Bulldogs held Texas to just 49 points, marking the first time in school history that State kept an AP Top 10 team under 50 points.
The Bulldogs lead the nation in blocks per game (8.0) and have the No. 7 turnover margin ( 9.5) in the nation. According to HerHoopStats.com, MSU is the nation's second-best team when it comes to defending inside the three-point arc, holding opponents to 30.9 percent shooting.
Senior Teaira McCowan enters the game as the reigning SEC Player of the Week. It was McCowan's second award this season and seventh career weekly honor from the league, tying Victoria Vivians and LaToya Thomas for the MSU record. Individually, McCowan ranks fourth in the country among active players with 45 career double-doubles after picking up another last time out. She also broke the Bulldogs' career rebounds record and will be recognized for that achievement prior to the National Anthem on Thursday night.
Fans are invited to gear up for finals with this "Breakcation" themed game. MSU students get free admission with their student ID, and the first 1,000 students in attendance will receive free MSU Hawaiian T-shirts. All fans will receive a free Hawaiian lei while supplies last.
Thursday's contest will offer double HailState Rewards points and is a prize pickup game. Bully's Kids Club members will earn 100 points. Bully's Kidz Kourt opens for all kids at 5:30 p.m.
Opponent: No. 18/15 Marquette
Location: Starkville, Mississippi (Humphrey Coliseum)
Time: Thursday, 7 p.m.
Watch: SEC Network (PxP – Bart Gregory; Analyst – Charlie Winfield)
Listen: MSU Radio Network and HailState.com/Plus (PxP – Jason Crowder; Analyst – Blair Schaefer)
Overall: First Meeting
At MSU: Tied 0-0
At MU: Tied 0-0
Neutral Sites: Tied 0-0
Last Meeting: N/A
- State has won 44 straight regular-season non-conference contests. The Dawgs have won 11-straight non-conference road games and 19 such contests at home, with the last setback coming at Texas on Dec. 2, 2015.
- Seniors Jazzmun Holmes and Teaira McCowan have won 107-career games, 4th-most in the nation since 2015-16. Their 79 wins since 2016-17 are tied for the most in the nation.
- State has been in the AP poll 79 straight weeks, including 43 weeks in a row in the Top 10.
- The Bulldogs are the nation's 3rd-best scoring offense, averaging 93.8 ppg. Its 47.4 ppg allowed is also 3rd in the country, giving the Dawgs the highest scoring margin (46.4) in Division I.
- MSU tops the SEC in FG% (52.3%), FG% defense (30.7%), assist/turnover ratio (1.6), rebound margin ( 18.8), scoring offense and scoring defense.
- The Bulldogs continue to lead the nation in blocked shots with 64 on the year, 8.0 bpg. Teaira McCowan's 25 blocks are 2nd in the nation, while Jessika Carter's 19 are 14th. They are 1st and 2nd in the SEC, respectively.
- Jazzmun Holmes rates 4th in the country, 1st in the SEC, with a 4.5 assist/turnover ratio. Jordan Danberry is 4th in the league (2.5). They have helped MSU to DI's 5th-best ratio (1.6).
- Teaira McCowan scored double figures in 14-straight games going back to last season, with 9 of those being 20-point efforts. The two-time SEC Player of the Week is averaging 19.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg and shooting 74.5% from the field over the last four games. She broke the Bulldogs' career rebounding record (1,109) on Sunday.
- Jazzmun Holmes scored a career-high 17 points at then-No. 10 Texas on Sunday to lead a Bulldog attack that has seen at least four players score in double-figures in each of the past six games.
- Chloe Bibby is 4th in the SEC averaging 2.8 3-pointers per game. She is 1st in the SEC, 7th in the nation, sinking the triple at a 57.9% clip.
LAST TIME OUT FOR MSU...
- MSU used a 16-0 first-half run to take control of the game against then-No. 10 Texas on Sunday at the Frank Erwin Center on the way to a 67-49 win.
- Jazzmun Holmes led four Bulldogs in double figures with a career-high 17 points. Teaira McCowan posted her 45th career double-double (13 pts, 12 rebs) while breaking the Bulldogs' career rebound record. Chloe Bibby scored 14 points and Jordan Danberry had 12.
GET TO KNOW THE OPPONENT…
- No. 18 Marquette enters the game with a 6-1 record and has won each of its last three games, including a 96-32 victory over UIC.
- Marquette's Allazia Blockton earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as the league's top scorer last week, averaging 23.0 points over two games. Blockton leads the team with 19.1 ppg. Natisha Hiedeman is second on the squad with 14.0 ppg.
- The Golden Eagles have started five seniors in all but one game when redshirt sophomore Lauren Van Kleunen stepped in for senior Erika Davenport.
- Marquette returns five starters from last year's BIG EAST championship team.
MCCOWAN BREAKS MSU CAREER REBOUNDING RECORD
- With a dozen rebounds at Texas, McCowan has now passed LaToya Thomas (2000-03) for sole possession of the MSU career rebounds record with 1,109.
- The SEC active career leader on the boards, McCowan is 3rd in the SEC and 17th in Division I this season hauling down 11.8 rpg.
- She tops the SEC and is 9th nationally on the offensive glass (5.0 rpg.)
- The Brenham, Texas, native set the SEC season rebounds record with 544 a year ago. That tally ranks 2nd in NCAA Division I history.
STATE STELLAR IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
- MSU has won 45 consecutive regular-season non-conference games. The Dawgs last loss came at Texas on Dec. 2, 2015. At home, the Bulldogs boast 19 straight wins in such games.
- Including the postseason, MSU has won 40 games in a row against non-conference competition inside The Hump. The Bulldogs' last home loss to a non-SEC foe came against South Florida in the WNIT quarterfinals on March 30, 2014.