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Vi­vians led State to the pro­gram's first SEC reg­u­lar-sea­son cham­pi­onship with a 30-0 over­all record and 16-0 SEC mark. The Bull­dogs be­came the first SEC team to put to­gether an un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son in 20 years.

State's 30-game win streak is the sec­ond­longest in SEC his­tory and the long­est ac­tive win streak in Divi­sion I. The 30 vic­to­ries are also the most in the na­tion this sea­son.

The SEC-cham­pion Bull­dogs open SEC Tour­na­ment play at Bridge­stone Arena in Nashville Fri­day at noon against the win­ner of Thurs­day's game be­tween 8-seed Alabama and 9-seed Ken­tucky.

A por­tion of the award is given based off a fan vote, and fans can vote by vis­it­ing www. hoophallawards.com. Vot­ing be­gins Fri­day and runs through March 23rd.

HOUSTON, TX. – Sopho­more Athena Yang opened up the day red hot and didn't look back as her top-six fin­ish led the Mississippi State women's golf team to an 11-over 299 in a rain-short­ened Dick­son In­vi­ta­tional pre­sented by Ion.

Yang carded a pair of birdies to fin­ish the event, which was short­ened by rain to just one 18-hole round, tied for sixth with a 1-un­der 71.

Her round, which fin­ished one stroke off her sea­son low, helped MSU end the event tied with No. 23 Iowa State for ninth at 11-over 299.

“Mother Na­ture was not very good to us this week,” MSU coach Gin­ger Brown-Lemm said. “We were able to get out there and get 18 in (Tues­day), walk­ing the course in a flood. We had good rounds from Athena, Katie, and Blair which an­chored our team round. We are con­tin­u­ing to work hard and learn from each round.”

Nearly 6 inches of rain fell over the week­end caus­ing of­fi­cials of The Dick­son to can­cel Mon­day's open­ing two rounds.

Yang opened her day on the rain-sat­u­rated course with three pars be­fore sink­ing a birdie

on No. 5. She fin­ished her round with an­other birdie on her fi­nal hole.

In her spring de­but, ju­nior Katie Holt fired a trio of birdies to wrap up the tour­na­ment at 1-over 73 and tied for 21st. Reign­ing South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Fresh­man of the Week Blair Stock­ett found the go­ing tough on her first nine holes, but the rookie made a strong rally on the back nine, card­ing birdies on Nos. 11, 15 and 17 to wrap the day with a 3-over 75.

Ela Grim­wood and Aubree Jones rounded out the Bull­dog lineup with an 80 and 82, re­spec­tively.

Brown-Lemm's squad gets only a few days of rest be­fore re­turn­ing to ac­tion March 2-4 at the Dar­ius Rucker In­ter­col­le­giate in Hil­ton Head, S.C.

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