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Mississippi State women's hoops ranked #11 in preseason Coaches poll

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Press Release from Mississippi State Athletics

Another Top 15 ranking arrived for Mississippi State women’s basketball Thursday as the Bulldogs begin the season at No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Top 25.

Thursday’s rating was a seven-spot jump for MSU after it ended 2015-16 18th.

The Bulldogs return nine letterwinners, including all five starters, from last year’s squad that set the school wins record for the second-straight year with 28 and matched the program SEC wins best with 11 en route to advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Vic Schaefer’s Mississippi State, which was picked second in the SEC by media last week, claimed the second-highest ranking of the six league teams in the poll. South Carolina came in a No. 3, while Tennessee followed the Bulldogs at No. 14. Kentucky ranked 19th, followed by Texas A&M at No. 23 and Florida at No. 24.

In addition to the ranked SEC foes, Mississippi State’s 2016-17 schedule also includes a Texas team that starts the year tied for sixth. MSU hosts the Longhorns Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. on the SEC Network.

Connecticut begins the year in the No. 1 spot followed by Notre Dame.

Mississippi State hosts Arkansas-Fort Smith in a 6 p.m. exhibition on Nov. 3. The Bulldogs officially begin the slate Nov. 11-12 at the Maine Tipoff Tournament in a field that includes host Maine, Villanova and Purdue.

The Bulldogs join with the Mississippi State men’s squad to host Maroon Madness Friday night. Festivities at the Hump get underway with the NPHC step show and stroll off at 7 p.m. The event continues at 8:30 p.m. with the first look at both Bulldog basketball squads, the introduction of the 2016 homecoming court, and a pep rally featuring the MSU spirit squads, Bully and Jak.

Admission to Maroon Madness is free.

Fans can still purchase season tickets for the upcoming season online at www.hailstate.com/tickets or by phone at 1-888-GO-DAWGS.

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