PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team is now going where no other group of Lady Bulldogs has ever gone before. MSU stunned Ohio State 87-67 in an NCAA Tournament second-round game Tuesday night at the Petersen Events Center.
With the victory, the Lady Bulldogs are now headed to the first Sweet 16 appearance in program history. The seventh-seeded MSU squad will face third-seeded Florida State in a Dayton region semifinal matchup Sunday in Dayton, Ohio. Game time and television assignment will be announced later.
Playing in their sixth-ever NCAA Tournament, MSU has now won a pair of games in the event for the first time ever. Second-seeded Ohio State was taken apart by the Bulldogs defensive pressure, as MSU held a comfortable lead the final 25 minutes of the game.
Ohio State hit its first six 3-point attempts from the field and quickly sprinted to a 27-19 advantage. The Lady Bulldogs then caught fire with a 15-5 run giving them their second lead of the game at 34-32 .
In the end, the half-ending run wound up being 27-7 as MSU enjoyed a 46-34 lead at the intermission.
The Buckeyes still trailed 63-54 before MSU scored the game's next nine points to put the contest away.
Alexis Rack led MSU with 30 points. Chanel Mokango scored 19 points, Armelie Lumanu scored 17 points and Mary Kathryn Govero hit five 3-point baskets to add 15 points.