Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer is one step closer to claiming the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year Award for the second straight season. Schaefer was selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the honor. Of that group, four have previously been named the Naismith Women’s Coach of the Year — Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw and UConn’s Geno Auriemma.

Schaefer guided the Bulldogs to their second straight SEC regular season championship and also claimed the program’s first SEC Tournament title. MSU is currently ranked fourth in the country and 30-2 overall entering the NCAA Tournament.

Four finalists will be selected on March 21.

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