Showing that the run to the national championship game last season was no aberration, the Mississippi State Bulldogs continue to roll and are the NCAA.com Team of the Week.
The Bulldogs are riding high after wins last week over No. 9 Oregon (90-79) and Maine (83-43) and remained No. 5 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs claimed its 62nd-straight week in the poll, the seventh-longest active streak in the country. The Bulldogs' 26-consecutive weeks in the Top 10 rates fifth nationally.
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With the wins, Mississippi State improved to 11-0 for the second straight season and the third time in the last four seasons. They remain one of eight unbeaten teams nationally.
Against Oregon, junior Teaira McCowan and senior Victoria Vivians scored 35 and 30 points, respectively, becoming the first duo in the country to score 30-plus points against a ranked opponent since at least the turn of the century. In addition, McCowan pulled down 19 rebounds and blocked five shots becoming the first player to have that stat line since Brittney Griner of Baylor in 2013.
McCowan secured her third-straight double-double and seventh of the season against Maine, scoring 18 points and collecting 11 rebounds, while Vivians contributed 12 points in only 21 minutes of playing time.
In addition to the recent wins over Oregon and Maine, the Bulldogs non-conference schedule has included previous wins over Arizona State, Green Bay and Oklahoma State.
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Next up for Mississippi State is the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, Nev. The Bulldogs face host UNLV on Dec. 20 and Syracuse on Dec. 21. Syracuse is receiving votes in this week's AP Poll and will be the sixth opponent the Bulldogs have faced either ranked or receiving votes. Southeastern Conference play will begin Dec. 31 when Mississippi State travels to Georgia.
Editor’s Note: NCAA.com Team of the Week will be off next week for the Christmas break, returning on Jan. 2.