March 21, 2009


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Alexis Rack was perfect in eight trips to the foul line down the stretch, and Mississippi State was 19 of 20 as a team in beating Texas 71-63 Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Rack finished with 20 points, her 13th straight game in double figures, while Chanel Mokango scored 15 and Mary Kathryn Govero added 11 off the bench for the Lady Bulldogs (23-9), who blew an 11-point lead with 5 minutes left but hung on.

Earnesia Williams had 17 points, Brittainey Raven 15 and Kathleen Nash 11 for Texas (21-12), making its 23rd NCAA trip, tied for third-most. The Lady Longhorns closed the season with losses in seven of their last nine games.

Mississippi State, which shot 69 percent at the line coming in, broke a tie at 59 on Mokango's short jumper, then scored their final 10 points on foul shots - in as many attempts.