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Mississippi State's Martha Alwal has shown that often that if she gets her hands on the basketball in the post, the chances of her scoring are pretty good.
The junior center is second in the Southeastern Conference and 45th in the nation with a shooting percentage of 53.3 (130-for-244).
During last Sunday's 80-67 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs, Alwal hit 7-of-14 shots and scored 20 points for the Bulldogs.
It will take a similar effort tonight for Alwal if Mississippi State is to have success against the SEC-leading South Carolina Gamecocks. The tip at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 7 p.m.
Alwal only had seven shot attempts against LSU in a 65-56 loss in Baton Rouge, La., on Jan. 30, so head coach Vic Schaefer was glad to see her become more active against Georgia.
"We said before the (Georgia) game that Martha needed 14 touches," Schaefer said. "I really felt like we turned her down at LSU quite a bit and have all year. We worked for two days with our guards and I thought in the first half we got her the ball, but she was only 4-for-10 at half. I thought we got her some looks, and got (Georgia's) kid in foul trouble.
"I thought she was really, really good offensively. She's playing hard and running the floor and doing a lot of really good things."
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