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Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs leaping to new heights in women's basketball ranked #5

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Mississippi State women's basketball is buzzing with excitement and for good reason. The Lady Bulldogs are ranked No. 5 in the nation.  

Head coach Vic Schaefer has guided unbeaten Mississippi State to 8 straight wins, including a 66-49 victory over Tulane inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum a couple of weeks ago.

When MSU falls behind on the road, the Lady Bulldogs have proven they can rally and pull out a win.  That's what happened over the weekend as Mississippi State trailed home standing Iowa State by 17 points.

Coach Schaefer watched his talented team fight back and force overtime and in the OT, the Lady Bulldogs prevailed with an 85-81 victory.

"We've been blessed with some really great kids, "said Schaefer.  "Our fan base has grown.  You know part of building a program is not just about X's and O's and the wins and the losses.  It's about your fan base.  I give our kids all of the credit.  It's how they respect the game.  I think people really appreciate how hard they play and they're a lot of fun to watch."

Victoria Vivians headlines a team that plays great defense.  She's also MSU's leading scorer bagging 14.6 points per game.

Two players from the coast are coming off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs, Jazzmun Holmes of Harrison Central and Ameysha Williams of West Harrison.

Coast basketball fans get another chance to watch the No. 5 ranked Lady Bulldogs in action.  Mississippi State travels to Hattiesburg 2 p.m. Saturday, a date with the Southern Miss Lady Eagles.

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