NCAA women: Ward helps Florida State beat Mississippi State
AP Sports Writer
DAYTON, Ohio — Courtney Ward scored Florida State's last six points in the final 38 seconds, leading the way to a 74-71 victory over Mississippi State on Sunday in an NCAA regional semifinal.
The Seminoles (29-5) advance to meet No. 1-seeded Connecticut (36-0), which beat Iowa State in the earlier semi, in Tuesday night's regional final. The Huskies rolled to a 78-59 win when they met earlier in the season.
Alysha Harvin had 21 points and Ward 14 as the Seminoles earned their first spot ever in a regional title game.
Chanel Mokango scored 20 points and Mary Kathryn Govero had 19 for the Lady Bulldogs (21-13), who went deeper in the tournament this year than ever before.
After Ward hit two free throws with 8.1 seconds left, Alexis Rack pumped up a tying 3 from in front of her bench that was just long.