Central Michigan in upset
Ohio St. falls
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Cassie Breen threw the ball high the air as the clock wound down Monday night on the biggest victory in Central Michigan women’s basketball history. Seconds later her joyous teammates and coaches were falling into each other’s arms.
Presley Hudson scored 28 points and the No. 11 Chippewas hit a season-high 14 3-pointers in stunning No. 3 Ohio State 95-78 on Monday night to earn the school’s first ever trip to the Sweet 16.
Central Michigan (30-4) had won its first tournament game ever in Saturday’s first-round upset of No. 6 Louisiana State. With the improbable rout of streaking Ohio State, the Chippewas advance to face No. 2 Oregon in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday.
“We’re living the life right now,” Breen said. “We’re on the highest frequency, and we just want to keep it there. We want to celebrate with everybody.”
Central Michigan out-rebounded and out-hustled Ohio State, played taut defense and kept the Buckeyes at bay late in the game.
The Chippewas got plenty of help in the upset from the error-prone Buckeyes, who got behind in the first half and then were run over by momentum and couldn’t climb back in. Central Michigan led by as much as 23 points in the second half.
“I think it was more mentally when things weren’t going our way, we didn’t respond to that adversity like we have, and those were the times Central Michigan really made us pay,” Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff said.
All-American guard Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State (28-7) with 28 points.