Toledo 65, No. 24 Mississippi 53
HANK KURZ JR.
Mar. 17, 1996
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ Mimi Olson and Angela Drake combined for 17 points during a 25-10 spurt early in the second half Saturday night and Toledo upset No. 24 Mississippi 65-53 in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament.
Drake, limited to two points in the first half, scored nine points in the run that gave the Rockets a 51-37 lead with 8:47 to play. Olson hit two 3-pointers and a long 2-pointer in 2 1/2 minutes as Toledo took command.
The Rockets (25-5) advanced to a second round game against either No. 6 Old Dominion or Holy Cross on Monday night at Old Dominion Field House.
Olson finished with 20 points and Drake added 18.
Mississippi (18-11), one of four schools to appear in as many as 14 of the 15 NCAA women's tournaments, made only 20 of 66 shots overall, or 30.3 percent. It was 10-for-36 after halftime, 27.8 percent.
Yolanda Moore led Mississippi with 17 points.
Ole Miss led 27-26 after a sloppy, fast-paced first half that featured 23 turnovers, 12 by the Lady Rebels, and poor shooting.
The Lady Rebels trailed 16-10 after seven minutes, then scored nine straight points. Moore scored twice inside during the spurt, and the Rockets also contributed to their woes by missing several easy scoring chances.
Neither team scored in the final three minutes of the half. Toledo had a great opportunity when Mimi Olson made a steal and fed Kim Knuth for an easy layup. Knuth's first try came up short, though, and so did her putback try.
Mississippi added its own offensive follies moments later, blowing at least five chances in close before Toledo rebounded and the clock ran out.