By Alan Robinson/The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — 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 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.
Ohio State star Jantel Lavender, harassed all night by Chanel Mokango, scored 17 points — many after it was far too late.
Mississippi State (21-12) plays Florida State (28-5) on Sunday in Dayton.