No. 2 MSU women top No. 17 Aggies 76-55 for first SEC regular-season title


No. 2 Mississippi State can cross off another first for the Vic Schaefer era.

The Bulldogs topped No. 17 Texas A&M 76-55 on Sunday to claim their first-ever SEC regular season title. It’s also the first SEC championship for the university in any women’s sport.

“Today was special for these young ladies, my family and my Mississippi State family,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “It was a great atmosphere. Texas A&M has an excellent team. I thought we were spectacular the way we defended. We really came out of the blocks ready to go.

“Playing in this league, coaching in this league is a grind. You are playing against the best players and coaches in the nation. To be able (to win the SEC championship) before our Mississippi State family was special.”

Fittingly enough, MSU set a program record for conference wins in a season by beating the Aggies. The team is now 14-0 in SEC play.

A pair of double-doubles led the Bulldogs to history. Victoria Vivians racked up 26 points and 12 rebounds while Teaira McCowan added 11 points and 11 boards. Mississippi State had five players score in double figures.

At 28-0, the Bulldogs will need to top Auburn at home on Feb. 22 and Kentucky on the road on Feb. 25 to claim their first-ever undefeated regular season.

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