News from MSU Media Relations--March 23

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Men's Golf and Women's Basketball.

Men's Golf
MOBILE, Ala. - The Mississippi State men's golf squad fired a 300 in the first round of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate Sunday. State is one shot back of a three-way tie for first, putting them in a tie for 4th place heading into Monday's second round.

"This is a very difficult golf course," said head coach Clay Homan. "The greens have a lot of slope in them and it is very difficult to two-putt. Par is a great score today."

Senior Noah Goldman led MSU with an even-par round of 72 Sunday and sits in a tie for third place. Senior Josh Bevell is one shot back of Goldman with a first-round 73, in a tie for fifth.

"Noah and Josh really kept us in it today," said Homan. "On a day when only four people in the whole tournament shot par or better, they did great. They both kept the ball in play which is what you have to do on this course."

Fellow senior Carlos Sainz, Jr. is tied for 34th after a round of 77 on Sunday. Senior Matt Fast fired a 78 Sunday to place in a tie for 49th while Brian Mason carded an opening-round 79 to sit in a tie for 53rd. Freshman Brooks Bankhead is also tied for 53rd with a first-round 79. Bankhead is competing as an individual and his score does not count towards the team score.

Toledo, Southern Mississippi and New Mexico State all shot an opening-round 299 to lead the event. Kevin Lozares of New Mexico State is at 2-under par and leads the individual competition by a stroke over Southern Mississippi's Wes Carter.

State will begin its second round of play on Monday at 9:10 a.m. CT.

Women's Basketball
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Following its 71-63 NCAA Tournament first-round win over Texas on Saturday, the 11th-seeded Mississippi State women's basketball team will face third-seeded Ohio State in a second-round game set for a 6:07 p.m. CT tip Monday on ESPN2 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Against the Longhorns on Saturday, Mississippi State finished the game, shooting 40 percent and held UT to its second-lowest shooting percentage of the year at 30.9 percent. The Lady Bulldogs also shot a season-high 95.5 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 21 of 22. Junior Guard Alexis Rack knocked down all 13 of her foul shots as she poured in 20 points for the game to lead the MSU scoring attack. The double-digit scoring performance was Rack's 13th consecutive. Chanel Mokango added 15 points and had five rebounds. Armelie Lumanu notched her second double-double of the season as she scored 11 and added 10 rebounds. Sophomore Mary Kathryn Govero added 11 points. Ohio State (28-5, 15-3 Big Ten), advanced to the second round with a 77-63 victory over Sacred Heart in the first round on Saturday. The Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, the Buckeyes are led by seventh-year head coach Jim Foster. OSU is led on the court by Big Ten player of the year Jantel Lavender. A 6-4 sophomore center, Lavender is averaging 21.0 points and 10.9 rebounds a game.

The Lady Bulldogs and Buckeyes have never played each other. State has also never faced a Big Ten opponent in NCAA Tournament play. With the win on Saturday, State evened its NCAA Tournament record to 4-4 all-time. Saturday's win also marked the fourth-straight time State has reached the second round. Mississippi State will be looking to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time on Monday.

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