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Strong first half pushes No. 2 MSU past Ole Miss

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OXFORD, Miss. - The No. 2 Mississippi State women's basketball teams kept several streaks alive in a 69-49 win over rival Ole Miss Sunday afternoon at The Pavilion.

MSU continued to build on its best-ever start to a season with a 22nd-straight win. The Bulldogs also moved to 8-0 in conference play. MSU has won nine-straight in this series, including four-straight in Oxford.

The MSU senior class is now 8-0 against Ole Miss while also matching the school record with 111 victories over the past four seasons.

Ole Miss fell to 11-10 and 1-7.

"Proud at how we played in the first half," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "We had to overcome some foul trouble and we did just that. Zion Campbell played her heart out today. She gave us 23 minutes, important minutes. In the first quarter, we allowed four points, and when you do that, you are locked in on the defensive end.

"Disappointed at how we played in the second half. Our mindset, mentality was not where it needed to be to win an SEC championship."

Victoria Vivians led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Blair Schaefer added nine points, while Morgan William added eight points. Teaira McCowan had a team-high 10 rebounds but saw her double-double streak end with only six points. William had five assists.

The Bulldogs came rolling out of the gates, scoring the game's first 12 points. MSU held Ole Miss to four points in the opening quarter, which also set a new first-quarter school record for the Bulldogs.

Thanks to the strong play of Vivians early, the Bulldogs led 19-4 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs saw both McCowan and Vivians slowed by foul trouble but were able to keep attacking and protect the lead.

A jumper by Zion Campbell capped a 10-0 run, helping give the Maroon and White a 29-4 lead.

The Rebels missed 16 of their first 17 shots from the field and were held better than four minutes of the second quarter without a point.

MSU led 39-18 at halftime.

The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 26 at 49-23 with 3:35 left in the third quarter. Three-straight free throws by Vivians pushed the lead back out to 24 at 64-40 with 4:13 left in the game.

For the contest, MSU hit 21 of 52 shots from the field (40.4 percent), 4 of 14 shots from 3-point range (28.6 percent) and 23 of 32 shots from the foul line (71.9 percent). Ole Miss hit 19 of 50 shots from the field (38.0 percent), 2 of 14 shots from 3-point range (14.3 percent) and 9 of 17 shots from the foul line (52.9 percent).

Ole Miss held a 38-32 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 11 assists and 12 turnovers, while the Rebels had seven assists and 25 turnovers.

Ole Miss received 16 points from Madinah Muhammad and 10 points from Promise Taylor. Taylor collected a game-high 13 rebounds for a double-double.

MSU will play at No. 11 Missouri in another huge SEC showdown Thursday night. The contest is set for a 7:30 p.m. CT tip on the SEC Network.