December 28, 2017 10:28:14 AM
STARKVILLE -- Victoria Vivians followed up her Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honor by being named Wednesday the United States Basketball Writers Association's National Player of the Week.
Vivians received the honors after earning Duel in the Desert Rebel Division MVP. The Carthage native averaged 24 points and 7.5 rebounds as Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs defeated host UNLV and Syracuse to run their season record to 13-0.
No. 5 MSU will try to build on those victories at 7 tonight when it plays host to Mississippi Valley State in its non-conference finale.
Following the game, MSU will get ready to open Southeastern Conference play when it takes on Georgia at 5 p.m. Sunday in Athens, Georgia.
Vivians shot 56.7 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from 3-point range, and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line last week. She also averaged 2.5 assists and three steals in the two games.
The SEC's second-leading scorer at 20.1 points per game, Vivians opened the week by notching 22 points and six rebounds as MSU beat UNLV 103-63. Vivians made 61.5 percent of her shots, including 50 percent from the arc, as MSU tied the Cox Pavilion scoring record with its 103 points. Vivians also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the victory.
Against Syracuse, Vivians paced MSU with 26 points in a 76-65 victory. She scored 11 of her 26 points in the first half to join former Bulldog greats LaToya Thomas and Tan White as the only players in program history to score 2,000 career points.
Junior Teaira McCowan averaged 22.5 points and 14 rebounds in Las Vegas. She notched her fourth and fifth-straight double-doubles to give her nine this season.
NOTE: It will be Dollar Night at the Hump. Fans will be able to purchase $1 advance tickets on www.hailstate.com/tickets. The $1 ticket offer is only valid for those purchased in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the Humphrey Coliseum box office on game day at regular price ($5 for adults and $3 for youth age 17 and under). Bully's Kids Club members get free admission to all MSU women's basketball games with a valid membership ID card. Dollar Night festivities also include $1 hot dogs while supplies last. Jumbo hot dogs will also be available at regular price.
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