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Future bright for MSU women's basketball

April 2, 2014

Junior center Martha Alwal (10) set the single-season record for rebounds for the Bulldogs with 317 boards and tied the blocks mark with 97. (Photo by Lee Adams)

The Mississippi State women's basketball team enters the offseason with some momentum.
Despite losing a 60-58 decision on Sunday to South Florida in the Women's National Invitational Tournament, the Bulldogs feel better about the standing of the program than at this time last year.
"These kids are special and are a real unique group," MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. "These kids have changed and the returners have adapted to a way of doing things that they were not comfortable with a year ago. You have to give those kids a lot of credit."
In 2012-13, the Bulldogs suffered a 63-36 loss to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference Tournament to finish with a 13-17 record.
A little more than a year later, MSU dropped a heartbreaker in the fourth round of the WNIT and had a 22-14 mark.
"It's a lot different of a hurt than what we had in the SEC Tournament when we let Alabama stick it to us last year," Schaefer said. "These kids are on their way. They are on their way. It's going to be a lot of fun."

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