Top-seeded Ohio State falls to Boston College, 79-69
March 21, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Boston College made Ohio State the first No. 1 seed to exit the NCAA women's tournament.
Kindyll Dorsey set a school record for an NCAA tournament game by hitting six 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, leading eighth-seeded Boston College to a 79-69 second-round upset of top-seeded Ohio State.
It was the biggest surprise of the tournament as the Buckeyes (29-3), a much-debated pick for the No. 1 seed, became the first top-seed to lose in the second round since Texas Tech in 1998.
Despite getting 21 points and seven rebounds from Big Ten player of the year Jessica Davenport, Ohio State fell one win short of tying the school record for wins in a season. The Big Ten regular-season and tournament champs also saw the nation's longest winning streak end at 20 in the same venue the Buckeyes have endured much misery over the past 12 years - Mackey Arena.
The Eagles (21-11) advanced to the Albuquerque Regional semifinal where they will play Utah.
For Boston College, the game had a far different look from its rout of Notre Dame two days earlier.
Instead of overpowering the Buckeyes with their strong inside game, Dorsey and Brooke Queenan loosened up Ohio State by hitting from outside and midrange. Queenan finished with 19 points and five rebounds.
And the Eagles took control early.
They used a 12-2 run to pull away for an early 20-9 lead, and got the Buckeyes offense out of synch. Ohio State rallied with a 13-5 first half run to tie the score at 31, but Boston College finished the half on a 5-0 spurt to take a 38-35 lead.
Ohio State rallied again in the second half, taking a 48-46 lead when Kim Wilburn hit a 15-footer with 10:47 left.
But the Eagles tied it with two free throws from Sarah Marshall and went on a 15-5 run that made it 61-53. They sealed it with a late 8-2 run late that extended the margin to 70-60.
Kathrin Ress added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Marshall scored 11 points.
Marscilla Packer had 16 points and Brandie Hoskins 13 for the Buckeyes before hurting her left leg with 1:17 to go. There was no immediate update on Hoskins' injury.