MSU women set for opportunity at SEC Tournament

MSU women's coach Vic Schaefer
Staff Writer

Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer has moved on.
He wasn’t happy about losing back-to-back games to Kentucky and Tennessee to close the regular season, but the Southeastern Conference Tournament brings a new opportunity for the Bulldogs.
After the initial disappointment of the 82-64 loss to the Lady Volunteers, Schaefer has taken a step back, has taken a deep breathe and is looking forward to attacking the postseason.
That starts Friday when MSU, the No. 2 seed for the event, plays LSU at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. The tip is set for 5 p.m.
“What’s done is done,” Schaefer said about the way the regular season ended. “I’ve got to move on. Sometimes it’s harder for me to do than others, but I’m ready and excited about the weekend and the opportunities.”
The Bulldogs, who stand 27-3 overall and 13-3 in the SEC, watched a heavy amount of film early in the week to identify some of the problems that have contributed to the recent losses.
Schaefer said the only way to get better sometimes is to see mistakes and always says “the film doesn’t lie.”
“You’ve got to learn from it,” Schaefer said. “They were really good in film (Tuesday) morning and were attentive and I appreciate that and I think we’ll get better.
“We’ve got to be demanding, but encouraging in practice, which we usually are. That doesn’t change. I think film work is real important. It’s about seeing what we’ve done incorrectly and this is who you are. We’re not far off. I don’t think it’s open heart surgery here. It’s teaching technique. We don’t have anything is terminal.”
The probable MSU starters for tonight are Dominique Dillingham, Victoria Vivians and Morgan Williams at guards, Breanna Richardson at forward and Chinwe Okorie at center.
Vivians, who is fifth in the SEC in scoring for the season at 17.2 points per game and in league games only at 18.1 points per outing, said “basically everything” needed fixing after the Kentucky and Tennessee games.
There have been steps over the last few days for the team to improve and it has been intense at times.
“You can tell we’ve lost two games in a row,” Vivians said. “It hasn’t been too pleasant. Everyone has been mellow and not too much excitement going on. We’ve got to get focused and get ready to come out and play (Friday).”
The game will be televised by the SEC Network, but it can be heard on radio throughout the Golden Triangle area on West Point's WKBB-FM 100.9 and French Camp's WFCA-FM 107.9.