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A VALUABLE PIECE: Alwal contributes to MSU's cause on defense, offense

March 28, 2014

Mississippi State junior center Martha Alwal (10) goes up for a shot during Thursday's Women's National Invitational Tournament game against Auburn. (Photo by Lee Adams)

There's no denying the value of Martha Alwal on defense for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
The junior center from Worthington, Minn., already owns the career blocks record for the Bulldogs with 257 and on Thursday against Auburn, she set the single-season mark with her 97th swat.
Alwal also has a knack to grab double-digit rebounds during the course of the game, which is why the coaches from around the Southeastern Conference recognized her as a member of the All-Defensive Team and the co-Defensive Player of the Year.
In MSU's last two wins of the Women's National Invitational Tournament, Alwal has reached double-double status with 17 points and 15 rebounds against Southern Miss and 11 points and 11 rebounds against Auburn.
Even with the double-doubles, which she says "are good," Alwal believes she can do more offensively for the Bulldogs. She was not happy with just 11 points during the 59-54 win over the Tigers.

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