Mississippi State turned in a performance befitting of their No. 8 ranking in the nation Sunday afternoon as they shellacked Savannah State 92-25 at the Humphrey Coliseum.
Victoria Vivians, a Wooden Award candidate, led the offensive charge by pouring in 27 points on 10 of 18 shooting. Kayla Nevitt finished with 12 points. One leading cause of many of the baskets had to do with the Bulldogs ability to set up good shots with a pass. The team collected 27 assists on 31 shots. Morgan William led the way with the assists, picking up eleven, which is sixth best in program history.
"It's fun to see us passing the ball to teammates and seeing them get great shots," William said. "We don't have to create our shots or force shots. Coach tells us an extra pass is what makes a good shot become a great shot."
Teaira McCowan led the squad with 12 rebounds.
The Lady Tigers never got into the game, being held without a basket for nearly six minutes to open the game. During that stretch, Mississippi State built up a 10-2 lead. By the middle of the second quarter, the Bulldogs held a 32-6 lead, and at the half, that lead had stretched to 48-12.
In the second half, Bulldog reserves got in on the action with 13 players taking the court and 12 scoring in the contest.
Savannah State's 25 points and eight field goals both marked the second lowest totals given up by the Bulldogs in a game in program history.
Chelsea Fraizer led Savannah State (1-3) with eight points.
The Bulldogs (5-0) next take the court in Austin where they will face a top-ten Texas squad on Wednesday for a 7pm tip being aired nationally on the Longhorn Network and available on ESPN3.