STARKVILLE (HailState.com) – Mississippi State finished a historic 2015-16 season No. 18 in the final USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll that was released by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs stayed in the ranking all 20 weeks, giving them 37-straight weeks in the poll going back to 2014-15.
Mississippi State wrapped the 2015-16 campaign by earning the program’s second trip to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Vic Schaefer’s squad claimed 20 wins for the third-straight season, a first in program history. The Bulldogs finished the year with a 28-8 record, eclipsing last season’s record for the most wins.
State’s 28 victories tied for the 14th-most in the nation.
The Bulldogs matched last season’s program record for SEC wins with an 11-5 mark while claiming the best league finish with a tie for second.
State also notched its first two wins against Tennessee, including one in the SEC Tournament semifinal that gave MSU its second-ever championship game appearance.
Mississippi State earned the opportunity to host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament for the first time, defeating Chattanooga and No. 16 Michigan State to advance to the Sweet 16, where it fell to eventual national champion UConn.
MSU also set another record at the turnstiles, drawing an NCAA 15th-most 92,914 fans to Humphrey Coliseum this season. The Bulldogs’ 5,162 average ranked fourth in the SEC and 16th in the Division I ranks.
A program-record 10,626 attended the Bulldogs’ home game against South Carolina. That tally, the fourth-largest in Humphrey Coliseum history, set the record for the most fans ever to attend a women’s college basketball game in the state of Mississippi.
The Bulldogs were one of five SEC teams in the final poll. South Carolina finished at No. 5, while Kentucky ranked 15th. Tennessee and Texas A&M followed MSU at Nos. 19 and 20, respectively.
Mississippi State celebrates its historic campaign Monday when it hosts the Hail State Hoops awards banquet at 6 p.m. at The Mill Conference Center.
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