MSU Hosts No. 13 Tennessee in Thursday Night "Blackout Game"

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Fans are encouraged to wear black Thursday night as MSU meets No. 13 Tennessee at 8 p.m.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Fresh off of an emotional overtime victory against in-state rival Ole Miss, the Mississippi State women's basketball team looks to take that energy into Thursday's matchup against No. 13 Tennessee. Tip for the contest is set for 8 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.   

Thursday's matchup will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast. The game can also be heard on WKBB-FM 100.9 and WXWX-FM 96.3.

Fans are encouraged to wear black to Thursday's "Blackout Game," which is being sponsored by MSU Health & Wellness/Bully Choices. The first 250 fans will receive a free t-shirt.

The Bulldogs (14-11, 4-8 SEC) will look to big games from seniors Diamber Johnson and Porsha Porter against the Lady Volunteers. 

Johnson scored seven points against Ole Miss on Sunday, with her biggest basket being the tying three pointer with five seconds remaining in regulation. Johnson, who rates second in the SEC with a 16.0 scoring average, is coming off a milestone week that saw her become the 19th player in school history to notch 1,000-career points. 

After her backcourt mate sent Sunday's game to overtime, Porter led the Lady Bulldogs to victory as she scored six of her game-high 18 points in the five-minute extra session.  The senior from Chicago, who is scoring at a 13.2 ppg clip this year, has been exceptional on the defensive end as well, leading the league with 3.3 steals per game. 

Freshman Martha Alwal also turned in another stellar defensive effort, collecting 10 rebounds and five blocks. Alwal tops the conference with 3.0 blocks per game. 

Tennessee brings an 18-7 overall record and 9-3 league mark into Thursday's contest at the Hump. The Lady Vols routed seventh-ranked Kentucky 91-54 on Monday behind 25 points from Meighan Simmons.

Simmons averages 11.5 ppg this season, third-most on the team behind Shekinna Stricklen (15.0 ppg) and Glory Johnson (13.6 ppg). Johnson also leads UT and the SEC with 9.2 rebounds per game.

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