Nice try, Tar Heels and Bulldogs, but you weren't in the same ballpark as the Michigan State-Indiana State national-title tilt in that drew a whopping In fairness, nobody's been close in a while. It's the highest-rated basketball game at any level.
Harper, the head coach, had never won a game in the big dance in her entire coaching career. Members of the 11th-seeded Missouri State women's basketball team celebrate after knocking out 6th-seeded DePaul on Saturday, March 23, , at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.
The game will be at 8 p. MSU is now on a six-game winning streak and is playing with confidence as it heads into a game with a Sweet 16 bid on the line. Missouri State won Missouri State found success getting the ball inside early. Freshman Jasmine Franklin proved to be a problem for DePaul to guard throughout the afternoon even with a four-point, six-rebound stat line.
The Lady Bears responded to early Blue Demon punches after DePaul went up five after a run during a second span. Gitzen ended the drought with a triple. Iowa native Elle Ruffridge knocked down her first of three 3-pointers to put MSU up with 33 seconds left in the half to go up two.
DePaul got a bucket to fall right before the end of the opening quarter.
Bryon Houlgrave, The Register Missouri State used a run in the second quarter to take an point lead. Hipp backed down a defender to take a lead before the Blue Demons scored right before the halftime buzzer. Hipp and Gitzen each hit 3-pointers to start the third quarter to go up The Blue Demons went on a run to cut Missouri State's lead to seven with remaining in the third.
But it was Ruffridge, again, for the Lady Bears late in the third when she scored her team's last five points. Her 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining in the quarter put Missouri State back up DePaul knocked down a free throw before the quarter's end to cut MSU's lead to Missouri State pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Her 3-pointer with remaining put the Lady Bears up An DePaul run during a second span was the Lady Bears' biggest threat during the quarter.
The run cut MSU's lead to 13 with remaining. Missouri State hit its late free throws and Willard knocked down a 3-pointer with remaining to put MSU back up DePaul wouldn't get closer than within nine for the remainder of the game.
Gitzen and Alexa Willard each ended with 20 points. Ruffridge added in Bryon Houlgrave, The Register "There have been such amazing women who have come before us," Gitzen said.
It'll sink in a little bit later. I just could not be more proud just to watch them and the growth that they've had and the belief. That's something really special.