The first 150 fans will receive free Hail State sunglasses, and it will be Chick-fil-A night in Bully’s Kidz Kourt, which starts at 7 p.m. in Mize Pavilion. The Memphis Grizzlies’ Kings of the Court will on hand to perform at halftime, and free pizza will be given to students while supplies last.
Fans can also win one of three Maroon Memories at Thursday’s game by signing up at HailState.com/Memories. The Maroon Memories available for Thursday include a visit and pictures with the Bulldog spirit squad, the opportunity to line up with the team for the National Anthem or the chance to win a cash prize in the Cadence Challenge.
The contest will be broadcast in the Golden Triangle and surrounding areas on WKBB-FM 100.9, and in Tupelo on WXWX-FM 96.3. HailStateTV subscribers can get the live audio stream at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.
The Bulldogs improved to 14-3 overall and 1-2 in SEC play with the 54-50 victory in Fayetteville. The 14 wins already top MSU’s win total from last season.
Martha Alwal registered her 24th career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win. The junior is the conference’s active career leader in double-doubles and currently leads Vic Schaefer’s squad with 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds a game.
Freshman Breanna Richardson netted a season-high 15 points against the Razorbacks, putting her at 13.7 points a game in SEC action. Richardson also averages a team-best 8.0 boards an outing in league play.
The Conyers, Ga., native reached double figures for the fifth-straight game.
Tennessee enters the matchup with a 13-3 overall record and a 2-2 mark in conference play. The Lady Vols dropped a 74-63 decision at Vanderbilt on Sunday.
Four players average double figures for UT, led by Meighan Simmons with 13.9 points per game. Isabelle Harrison averages 13.7 points and leads the Lady Vols with 9.0 rebounds a game.
Following Thursday’s game, Mississippi State will hit the road to face Texas A&M on Sunday at 2 p.m. MSU will then travel to archrival Ole Miss next Thursday at 6 p.m.