Brunchers and browsers enjoy more than the taste of victory

Signs were put up around downtown to reflect the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in Starkville (Photo by Sarah Raines, SDN)
Staff Writer

Many participated in Starkville's Brunch and Browse on Sunday, March 19, as Mississippi State University alumni and Bulldog fans awaited the game.

Various restaurants and boutiques were open for the pre-game event, some opening early to accommodate fans.

"We've been enjoying the Brunch and Browse, and then we're going to go to the second game," said Lauren Fairburn, 38, from Madison.

Fairburn had her two daughters with her, Kate, 12, and Maclane, 9. Kate said that her favorite part of attending MSU events was walking around and shopping downtown. Maclane said that she loves watching the Bulldog teams play. The family attended Friday's game, and were ready for Sunday's game.

"We're excited," Lauren Fineburn said. "Hopefully we are going to be in the Sweet 16."

Finebaum said she is an alumni of MSU, class of 2000. She and her daughters visit regularly for events. "We support our alma mater as much as we can," Fineburn said.

Tom Lewis, a 1970 graduate of MSU, said he was glad to be back on campus.

"I'm glad to be back and see the girls," Lewis said. "I hope they go far."

Lewis came from Liberty to see the girls play, attending the Friday game and spending time downtown as he waited for Sunday's game to start.

"We are really excited about the game," said Kay Long, who drove with her family from Cleveland, Mississippi. "My dad finished at State and I'm a big State fan. We love this basketball team."

Long said that she has followed the team all year, and has attended a few games.

"We're hoping that they win today," Long said. "We came yesterday, and we're going to follow them to Oklahoma City."