The Women's NCAA Tournament gets underway this weekend.
"We're so proud of the kids", Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer said. Eight-seed Syracuse faces nine-seed Oklahoma State in the opening game at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Mississippi State's quest for its first national championship will run through the Kansas City Regional.
MSU will be in first-round action Saturday against 16th-seeded Nicholls State at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. "I'm thrilled that we'll be able to have 10,000 people in here for an NCAA Tournament game".
"I think when you play a team a couple of times it makes it harder because they know you and your personnel", Bulldog senior guard and former Starkville High School player Blair Schaefer said. This season, State set the program attendance record as 113,814 filed into the Hump this season, including an arena-record 10,794 for MSU's February 5 win against SC. CT is the top seed in the Albany Regional while defending national champion SC is the No. 2 seed there.
The Bulldogs will host the first and second rounds for the third-straight year, welcoming Nicholls, Oklahoma State and Syracuse to Humphrey Coliseum. "They are obviously trying to fix what they had broken the first game so it just makes the mindset much more intense". They draw a first round match-up versus Nicholls State where they look to bounce back from a conference tournament title game loss to SC. He's sent five of his six teams to postseason, including the last four to the NCAA Tournament.
It was a frustrating afternoon for coach and players as MSU shot just 3-of-18 from 3-point range. "Now we've got to go defend it, that's the bottom line".
"I'm always anxious to see how we respond after our first loss", Vic Schaefer said.