COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Jantel Lavender had 20 points and Ohio State scored its final 10 points on free throws to beat Mississippi State 64-58 Monday night in an NCAA second-round game.
The Buckeyes (29-5) advance to the Berkeley regional to meet the San Diego State-Stanford winner on Saturday. Star Allen added 12 points and 10 rebounds, saving her best for last. She rebounded a missed free throw with 15 seconds left and then added two clinching free throws for Ohio State, which has won 10 in a row and 15 of 17.
Tysheka Grimes scored 20 of her 22 points in the opening half for Mississippi State (23-10), which was seeking the school's first trip ever to the Sweet 16. Alexis Rack added 19 points for the Lady Bulldogs.