STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State continued its busy week of basketball with another dominating performance Monday night.
The Bulldogs, who moved up one spot to No. 21 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, scored a season-best 62 points in the opening half and cruised to a 104-41 win over in-state rival Mississippi Valley State in the Humphrey Coliseum. The 62 points were three shy of matching the school record for points in a half.
With the win, MSU improved to 11-0, matching the 1999-00 and 2008-09 squads for the best start in school history. State stands one win away from tying the 2004-05 squad for the longest win streak in program records.
"I think this game really showed our depth," MSU freshman guard Blair Schaefer said. "We have a lot of players who stepped up tonight. We played with a lot of intensity and we showed how many players we have who can make plays."
After taking some time off for final examinations, the Bulldogs are making up for it with six games in 10 days.
After opening the stretch of games with a 73-46 win over Southern Mississippi, the Bulldogs made quick work of the Delta Devilettes.
"It was fun to get to see all of these kids get to play," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "(Our reserves) came with a lot of energy tonight. We had 73 points from the bench. Our starting five was not going to be pushed too far. Once we got into the game and things were going the way they were, we were looking to the next game."
The Bulldogs stretched an early 12-8 lead to 20-10 with an 8-2 run. Victoria Vivians capped the run with a putback. The Bulldogs continued the defensive assault throughout the half.
MSU pieced together a 12-0 run to stretch the lead to 38-15 with 8:43 left in the half. A 19-0 run extended the advantage to 57-19 with 2:45 left in the half. The Bulldogs held the Delta Devilettes close to five minutes without a point.
In the opening half, the Bulldogs shot 45.4 percent from the floor and forced 24 turnovers. After forcing 32 turnovers against Southern Miss, the Bulldogs made it 69 turnovers by forcing 37 against the Delta Devilettes.
After Valley scored on its initial possession of the second half, the Bulldogs again held the guests at bay, keeping them scoreless for the next seven minutes.
A 3-pointer by Vivians capped a 16-0 run and the Maroon and White lead was 73-25 with 13:38 left. The Bulldogs would stretch the lead to as many as 64 with lots of contributions from the bench.
"We are learning a lot about ourselves," MSU senior guard Savannah Carter said. "We don't really have any other choice but to play all of these games and get better in a hurry."
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 38 of 86 shots from the field (44.2 percent), 11 of 22 shots from 3-point range (50.0 percent) and 17 of 27 shots from the foul line (63.0 percent). The Delta Devilettes hit 14 of 48 shots from the field (29.2 percent), 2 of 10 shots from 3-point range (20.0 percent) and 11 of 12 shots from the foul line (91.7 percent).
MSU held a 51-33 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 23 assists and 10 turnovers, while the Delta Devilettes had eight assists and 37 turnovers.
The Bulldogs placed six players in double figures, led by Blair Schaefer with a season-high 12 points. Chinwe Okorie, Jerica James, Kendra Grant and LaKaris Salter each added 11 points. Sherise Williams had 10 points.
Morgan William had seven assists, while Blair Schaefer had five. Martha Alwal blocked four shots moving her into ninth all-time in the Southeastern Conference in career blocks. Okorie had a team-high eight rebounds.
MSU returns to the road for a Wednesday contest at Louisiana-Lafayette. The Bulldogs and Ragin' Cajuns tip off at 11 a.m. from the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, Louisiana. Following that contest, MSU heads to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic where it meets Illinois-Chicago Saturday and Miami (Ohio) Sunday.