NCAA women: Miss. State uses 18-0 run to upset Ohio State

March 24, 2010|By Tribune Newspapers

Alexis Rack drove through and around Ohio State's slow-to-react defense for 30 points and seventh-seeded Mississippi State upset the second-seeded Buckeyes 87-67 on Tuesday night to reach the NCAA women's tournament round of 16 for the first time.

The Lady Bulldogs (21-12) trailed by as many as eight points in the first half, only to use their quickness, adept ball movement and outside shooting to seize control with an 18-0 run that turned a 32-26 deficit into a 44-32 lead. They never looked back in avenging a second-round loss to the Buckeyes a season ago.

Connecticut 90, Temple 36: Maya Moore scored 19 points and No. 1 Connecticut outscored Temple by 43 points in a near-perfect first half. The victory was the 74th in a row for the Huskies (35-0), the longest streak in NCAA Division I women's history, and probably one of the least enjoyable for coach Geno Auriemma since it came against a team coached by Tonya Cardoza, one of his assistants for 14 years.

But Cardoza and the eighth-seeded Owls (25-9) never had a chance.

Iowa State 60, Wisconsin-Green Bay 56: Kelsey Bolte scored 15 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:11 left, and fourth-seeded Iowa State (25-7) held on to beat the 12th-seeded Phoenix.

Kansas City Region
Notre Dame 84, Vermont 66: Skylar Diggins had a season-high 31 points, seven steals and six assists to lead second-seeded Notre Dame to a rout over 10th-seeded Vermont in South Bend, Ind.

The Irish (29-5) finished with 19 steals and forced the Catamounts into a season-high 25 turnovers. Notre Dame, which fell behind by 10 points eight minutes into the game, finished the half on a 32-13 run to open a 42-33 lead at intermission. The Catamounts (27-7) never got closer than eight points.

Nebraska 83, UCLA 70: Dominique Kelley scored a career-high 22 points, Kelsey Griffin added 18 points and 14 rebounds, and top-seeded Nebraska (32-1) took apart UCLA (25-9).

Oklahoma 60, Arkansas-Little Rock 44: Abi Olajuwon had 19 points and 11 rebounds and third-seeded Oklahoma made the most of a sloppy first half on both ends to beat Arkansas-Little Rock. The Sooners (25-10) closed a ragged first half with an 11-0 run to go up by 15 and never let the 11th-seeded Trojans (27-7) get back within single digits to complete their stingiest defensive performance of the season.

Memphis Region
San Diego State 64, West Virginia 55: Jene Morris scored 27 points and Quenese Davis added 19, sending the No. 11 Aztecs (23-10) to another big upset. Morris scored six points in a 8-0 Aztecs run late in the second half after West Virginia had rallied to tie it at 47.

Sacramento Region
Xavier 63, Vanderbilt 62: Amber Harris led a last-minute Xavier comeback and made the go-ahead layup with 12.3 seconds left, rallying the third-seeded Musketeers over Vanderbilt (23-11). The 6-foot-5 forward bailed Xavier (29-3) out of a 10-point deficit, scoring the Musketeers' last six points.

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