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Auburn Returns Home to Face Mississippi State

Katie Frerking (13) (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Dakota Sumpter)

Fresh off of another come from behind win, Auburn Women’s Basketball returns to Auburn Arena this evening to face #4 Mississippi State at 8 P.M. Two Tigers scored at least 20 points in last Sunday’s 66-55 win over Alabama last Sunday. Being down as much as eight in the third period, Auburn outscored Alabama 25-11 in the final quarter to pull away and earn the win. The run was led by Katie Frerking, who scored 12 of her 20 total points in the 4th. Taking advantage of Alabama’s turnovers also played a factor in the decision, as the Crimson Tide turned the ball over 22 times, with Auburn scoring 28 points off of those. Janiah McKay led the team in scoring with 26. Mississippi State enters the contest ranked in the top-5 nationally, with a 21-1 record. Losing has not been a common occurrence for the Bulldogs in recent years, as the program has not lost more than eight games in a season since the 2014-15 season. Mississippi State fell for the first time this season last Monday, a 64-61 decision to South Carolina, another top-5 team. Chinwe Okorie led the team in scoring with 10 in the loss. Mississippi State hopped back on the winning track last Sunday, by defeating Texas A&M 71-61. Victoria Vivians leads the team in scoring with 16.9 per game and is fourth in the SEC in that category. Morgan William also is a player to watch, she leads the Bulldogs in assists (4.4), steals (2.0), and free-throw percentage (.819). Mississippi State is the nation’s #2 team in scoring with 77.8 points per, and ranks in the top-20 in many categories including scoring margin (+23.3) and three-point defense (26.1%). Auburn battles #5 Mississippi State Thursday night at 8 P.M. inside Auburn Arena.

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