Winning atmosphere: Largest crowd in Humphrey Coliseum history watches Bulldogs beat Gamecocks

MSU coach Vic Schaefer speaks to the crowd after Monday's game.
Staff Writer

In front of the largest crowd in Humphrey Coliseum history of 10,794, No. 2 Mississippi State avenged a Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship and national championship from a year ago with its 67-53 victory over No. 7 South Carolina Monday night.

The win was the first for head coach Vic Schaefer over the Gamecocks after losing the previous nine meetings. Only Kentucky remains on Schaefer’s list of teams to beat in the SEC for the sixth-year coach as the Wildcats twice on the schedule this season.

Schaefer was proud to see the kind of atmosphere the fans provided for women's college basketball.

“What an environment for both sets of student athletes to play in," Schaefer said. "The Hump was just incredible. Just to be a part of that as a coach, I really appreciate that. It’s not like that most places, but is it like that at Mississippi State.”

For the Bulldogs (24-0, 10-0 SEC), the victory keeps them alone as the only undefeated team in the SEC and has them at least two games ahead of the pack with six games to play.

State was led in the game by Victoria Vivians, who hit 24 points in the game, 20 of which came in the first half. South Carolina star A’ja Wilson was held to seven points in the second half after scoring 18 in the first half.