Women's Hoops Advances In Mideast Regional, 76-59|
March 20, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Plenette Pierson scored 19 points Monday night to lead Texas Tech to a 76-59 triumph against Tulane in an NCAA women's Mideast Regional second-round game.
Tech broke open a close game late in the first half, putting together a 10-2 run that turned a 24-22 lead into a 36-24 halftime advantage. The flurry was punctuated by back-to-back 3-pointers from Amber Tarr and Keitha Dickerson, who hit a running shot from beyond the top of the key as time expired.
The Lady Raiders pushed the lead to as many as 16 points during the opening stages of the second half, but sixth-seeded Tulane (27-5) sliced the gap to 49-39 at the 10:24 mark on a pair of free throws by Grace Daley, who led all scorers with 24 points.
Tech answered with a 15-foot jumper from Tarr, a follow shot by Ellison and a layup by O'Neal to make it 55-39 with 8:17 left. Tulane got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Fabrecia Roberson was the only other Tulane player in double figures with 12 points.
Tech, which won its 30th consecutive home game, advances to the Mideast Region semifinals, where it will meet Notre Dame.