SEC CHAMPIONS Women's Basketball claims first-ever CONFerence Title

MSU vs. Texas A&M - February 18, 2018

With less than two minutes remaining, another Humphrey Coliseum crowd broke out the "S-E-C, S-E-C" chant.

No. 2 Mississippi State completed its climb to the top of the nation's best conference in women's basketball with a 76-55 win against No. 17/18 Texas A&M before a third-straight sellout crowd of 9,933.

"I've tried to coach and teach them to enjoy the process, embrace it, embrace the grind. Living in this league is nothing but a grind. You are going against the best coaches in the country. You are going against the best players in the country, night in and night out, and these kids have answered the bell every single night." - Vic Schaefer, Head Coach

MSU improved to 28-0 overall, 14-0 in conference play and 15-0 at home. The Bulldogs set a new school record conference victories in a season, while claiming outright the program's first-ever regular-season Southeastern Conference championship in any women's sport.

Victoria Vivians and Teaira McCowan each had double-doubles to lead the Bulldogs. Vivians had 26 points and 12 rebounds, while McCowan had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Roshunda Johnson added 16 points, while Morgan William had 12 points and Blair Schaefer had 11 points.

William also had four rebounds and seven assists, while McCowan had a pair of blocks.

"First quarter we came out pretty well and came out in the third quarter pretty well offensively but I just can't say enough about these kids. These kids have committed themselves to the process." - Vic Schaefer

For the contest, MSU hit 29 of 64 shots from the field (45.3 percent), 10 of 21 shots from 3-point range (47.6 percent) and 8 of 12 shots from the foul line (66.7 percent). Texas A&M hit 18 of 57 shots from the field (31.6 percent), 1 of 12 shots from 3-point range (8.3 percent) and 18 of 23 shots from the foul line (78.3 percent).

"Today was special for these young ladies, my family and my Mississippi State family. It was a great atmosphere. Texas A&M has an excellent team. I thought we were spectacular the way we defended. We really came out of the blocks ready to go." - Vic Schaefer
"Finally, our kids aren't in the locker room and we're listening to somebody scream. It's us." - Vic Schaefer

"I believed and I dreamed of this day with you here to share in this moment," Schaefer told the crowd. "This is what makes Mississippi State University so very special"

Photos by Kelly Price and Blake Williams. Story by Mississippi State Athletics.

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