MSU Top MTSU, Advance In NCAA Tourney

Chanel Mokango

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Mississippi State scored the final 13 points of the game, storming past Middle Tennessee State 68-64 in an opening-round game of the 2010 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament played at the Petersen Events Center.

The seventh-seeded Lady Bulldogs (20-12) advance for a postseason rematch with second-seeded Ohio State (31-4) in a quarterfinal matchup of the Dayton Regional. That contest will tip at 6:21 p.m. CT on Tuesday with television coverage on the ESPN family of networks.

A year ago, Ohio State ended MSU's season with a 64-58 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs are no stranger to postseason success having now posted a 5-1 record all-time in NCAA Tournament opening-round games.

Armelie Lumnau hit a jumper in the lane to give the Lady Bulldogs a 66-64 advantage with 37 seconds left in the contest. On the other end, MSU forced a turnover. The Blue Raiders then had to foul four times before MSU finally entered the one-and-one. Lumanu closed the contest by sinking two free throws with only four seconds left.

MTSU (25-6) grabbed a 64-55 lead with 4:39 left when Anne Marie Lanning hit the final of her squad's 12 3-pointers in the contest. The Lady Bulldog rally began with an Alexis Rack 3-point basket. After MTSU missed a 3-pointer, Lumanu hit a fast-break layup.

A steal by Diamber Johnson led to a Rack layup with 2:29 left. Less than a minute later, Rack again drove baseline, straight to the goal and hit the game-tying layup.

The Blue Raiders missed two different shots before Lumanu hit the eventual game-winner on the other end.

Rack paced the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points, while Chanel Mokango had 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

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