The latest victory for unbeaten Mississippi State was doubly satisfying for coach Vic Schaefer.
Not only did his team beat Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time, his daughter made the shot that put the Bulldogs ahead for good.
Blair Schaefer sank a 3-pointer with 2:39 left as No. 4 Mississippi State capitalized on its superior depth to win 74-64 at Tennessee on Sunday and snap the Lady Volunteers’ six-game winning streak.
“Blair’s been playing well,” her coach said. “You talk about toughness, she’s playing with a broken nose, she took four stitches over her left eye when were out in California (and) never missed a beat, never missed a practice, never missed a game. She'll step in front of a freight train and take a charge. The thing right now is she’s got a lot of confidence shooting the ball.”
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Mississippi State (17-0, 3-0 SEC) is one of only three remaining undefeated Division I women’s teams, along with No. 1 Connecticut and No. 18 Virginia Tech. The Bulldogs posted their eighth road win to match a school single-season record set in 2008-09.
The Bulldogs have defeated Tennessee (10-5, 2-1) three straight times after losing the first 36 games in this series. Mississippi State beat Tennessee last year during the regular season at Starkville and in the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Jacksonville, Florida.
Schaefer’s big shot signified two underlying themes of this game: Mississippi State’s bench strength and its ability to hit big shots.
Auburn 83, Ole Miss 60: Ole Miss (12-4, 1-2 SEC) fell to Auburn on the Plains. Ole Miss dropped its 10th consecutive SEC road game, with its last road win coming on Feb. 19, 2015 at Auburn.
Shequila Joseph had a season-high 16 points and six rebounds for the Rebels. Alissa Alston added 12 points for her second game in double figures this season.
The Rebels struggled from the floor throughout the night and couldn’t get anything going against the Auburn pressure, which forced Ole Miss into a season-high 24 turnovers while scoring 30 points off the Rebel miscues, with 20 coming on fast break opportunities.
Auburn opened the third quarter with seven straight points including a triple from Brandy Montgomery, which forced Ole Miss to call a timeout. The Rebels tried to get into some type of offensive rhythm midway through the quarter and used an 8-2 run, sparked by six points from Joseph, but they couldn’t stop the Tigers on the other end, who rode Montgomery to the tune of 25 points.