Oregon St. 88, Tennessee St. 75 OT
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ Oregon State finally woke up while Tennessee State wore down in overtime.
Tanja Kostic scored seven of her 25 points in overtime to lead No. 21 Oregon State to an 88-75 victory Friday night in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament Mideast Regional.
``It’s hard to play 40 minutes of intense basketball and then maintain that for another five minutes. We just had a slight wear down in overtime,″ said Tennessee State coach Teresa Phillips.
``It’s always tough to play the first game in the NCAA, so we are very happy to win,″ said Oregon State coach Aki Hill. ``I think it took us the extra time to finally settle down and play our game.″
With the score tied at 71 in the extra period, Kostic had seven points in a 13-2 run that gave Oregon State an 84-73 lead with 42 seconds left.
Oregon State shot 85 percent in the extra period, to just 23 percent for Tennessee State.
Oregon State (21-7) led for most of the contest and took its largest lead at 58-49 on a layup by Kristina Lelas with 12:50 to play.
Tennessee State (22-7) then went on a 16-2 run to go up 65-60 with 5:28 left.
Lelas, who finished with a career-high 25 points, scored Oregon State’s next six points to bring her team to 67-66.
Tennessee State’s Shawanda Clay hit a short jumper to extend the lead to 69-66 with 38 seconds left.
That set up a dramatic 3-pointer by Anette Mollerstrom from the top of the key to tie the game at 69 with 30 seconds left.
Tennessee State could not manage to get a shot off before the end of regulation.
``Oregon state played good defense and no one stepped up to take the shot,″ said Phillips. ``They pushed us out offensively. We never got an opportunity to score.
``We put ourselves in position to win. We just didn’t get it done.″
Connie Swift had a career-high 36 points for Tennessee State.
Oregon State shot 52 percent for the game, to just 32 percent for Tennessee State.