STARKVILLE — Blair Schaefer scored a career-high 21 points, Ameshya Williams added 15 and Mississippi State beat Troy 110-69 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Mississippi State (30-4) used a 29-6 run in the second quarter to erase any doubt about the outcome. Schaefer was the Bulldogs’ unlikely star, making 6 of 9 shots, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
The second-seeded Bulldogs used an unorthodox starting lineup, bringing star guard Victoria Vivians off the bench for the first time in her three-year career. Vivians scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Mississippi State shot 12 of 22 (54.5 percent) from 3-point range. Troy (22-11) was led by Claresa Banks, who scored 15 points. The 15th-seeded Trojans shot just 25 of 80 (31.3 percent) from the field.
Troy: The Trojans kept things fairly close in the first quarter, but Mississippi State’s big second quarter proved too much to overcome.
Mississippi State: It was a solid opening game for the Bulldogs, who got a career performance from Schaefer. Mississippi State will get a much tougher test against DePaul on Sunday.
Mississippi State faces No. 7 seed DePaul in the second round on Sunday.