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Posted on: Sunday, March 28, 2010

NCAA women: Ward helps Florida State beat Mississippi State


RUSTY MILLER
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.