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Victoria Vivians drops 21 pts, #3 Mississippi State wins 19th straight game

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Victoria Vivians scored 21 points, Teaira McCowan added 19 and No. 4 Mississippi State beat Alabama 75-61 on Sunday.

Mississippi State (19-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) earned its 11th straight win by double digits and now gets a week of rest to prepare for a showdown at No. 6 Tennessee next weekend.

McCowan added 16 rebounds for her SEC-leading 14th double-double. Vivians scored in double figures for the 18th time in 19 games this season. Roshunda Johnson added 14 points.

Alabama (13-5, 3-2) recovered from a shaky first few minutes to take a surprising 20-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. Hannah Cook hit a pair of 3-pointers to jump-start the Crimson Tide's offense.

But Mississippi State took control in the second quarter. The Bulldogs were especially good on defense, forcing 10 Alabama turnovers, and pushed ahead to a 44-29 advantage by halftime.

Alabama was led by Cook, who scored 25 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the field, including 5 of 5 from 3-point range.


Alabama's Ashley Williams was taken off the court on a stretcher after a collision around halfcourt during the game's final minute.

Williams lay on her side for several minutes while receiving medical attention before she was strapped to a board and taken off the court.

Alabama coach Kristy Curry said Williams was on her way to the hospital, but didn't provide information about the nature of the injury. Curry called the hospital trip "precautionary" and said Williams was conscious.


Alabama: It was a good effort from Alabama, which pushed Mississippi State harder than most teams in Starkville. Alabama has another chance to knock off one of the nation's top teams when it hosts No. 17 Texas A&M on Thursday.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs struggled a little defensively during the opening quarter, but recovered for a fairly easy win. Mississippi State's schedule becomes much tougher in the coming weeks with Tennessee, No. 12 Missouri and No. 9 South Carolina on the horizon.


Alabama hosts Texas A&M on Thursday.

Mississippi State travels to face sixth-ranked Tennessee on Jan. 21.

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