Tex. Christian Beats Michigan St., 50-47
STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Grace Gantt scored seven of her 15 points in the final eight minutes as Texas Christian held off Michigan State 50-47 in the first round of the East Regional on Sunday.
The ninth-seeded Horned Frogs (20-13) play No. 1 seed Connecticut in the second round Tuesday night. The Huskies (32-1) advanced earlier with a 91-44 win over Boston University.
The Spartans (17-12) rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half.
Syretta Bromfield led the Spartans with 18 points and 15 rebounds. She hit a 3-pointer with 44 seconds, cutting TCU’s lead to 45-41. Her layup with 3 seconds remaining pulled the Spartans to 48-47.
TCU’s Ebony Shaw then iced the game, fielding the inbounds pass at midcourt and racing untouched for a layup as time ran out.
Both teams struggled from the floor. Michigan State shot just 26 percent (17-of-64). TCU, which won the Conference USA tournament, shot 32 percent (17-of-53).