Mississippi State put together a historic season for the women's basketball program in 2014-2015, and the Bulldogs will have a chance to do so again this season. However, they will have to do it against quite the challenge.
In the out of conference portion of the season, the Bulldogs will face six teams that advanced to post season play last year. Four of those teams qualified for the NCAA tournament last year.
The Bulldogs open the season with a double-header with the men's team against Samford, the first of an opening stretch of home games for Mississippi State this year, on November 13. The Bulldogs then host Grambling, Norfolk State, and Savannah State, who qualified for the NCAA tournament last season.
The Bulldogs then hit the road for the biggest challenge of their out of conference schedule when they travel to Texas, who reached the Sweet 16 last season and finished ranked No. 22 with a 24-11 record.
The Bulldogs then return home to host Tennessee State on December 6, and they will go back on the road Dec. 13 to play Louisiana Tech. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles, a team that reached the WNIT quarterfinals last season, comes up next.
The Bulldogs then head to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico classic where they will open against Florida Gulf Coast, another top-20 squad at the end of last season. The Bulldogs will also face Western Michigan and SMU while in Puerto Rico.
After Christmas, the Bulldogs host Southeastern Louisiana on December 28, and they head to Jacksonville for a December 30 matchup against South Florida, the team that ended Mississippi State's WNIT run in 2014 with a buzzer-beating three-pointer, as part of the AAC-SEC challenge.
The SEC slate kicks off on the road against Florida on January 3. The Bulldogs' home opener is against Auburn on January 7.
On January 18, the Bulldogs host Ole Miss in the only women's action of the night for a 6pm tip on the SEC Network.
Other notable games include home matchups with Tennessee on January 28 and Kentucky on February 18. The Bulldogs close the regular season at home against Alabama on February 28.
On the road, the Bulldogs travel to Missouri on January 14, Georgia on January 21, Arkansas on January 31, LSU on February 4, Texas A&M on February 11, Ole Miss on February 21, and Vanderbilt on February 25. In all, five of Mississippi State's last eight SEC games take place on the road.