Category archive: Mississippi State Bulldogs
DAYTON, Ohio -- If the first game of the day in Dayton showed what the tournament appears more and more likely to be remembered for in another week, the second game offered a good example of what fans who watched it the past two weeks will remember.
Big shots, surprise stats, seedings thrown out the window and drama to the buzzer.
In this case, right down to Mississippi State star Alexis Rack's long 3-pointer.
But unlike four years ago in Dayton, fortune was not with an SEC underdog from the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss knocked off Courtney Paris and Oklahoma on that afternoon, but No. 3 seed Florida State held on for a 74-71 win against seventh-seeded Mississippi State on Sunday and earned the right to a rematch with Connecticut.
"People talk about Jacinta Monroe a lot, and obviously she's a spectacular player, but we go as Courtney Ward goes," Close said the day before the game.
Ward went in the second half, and Florida State is going to its first regional final as a result.