Lady Raiders Triumph Over Texas-Arlington, 69-49|
March 19, 2005
DALLAS - LaToya Davis had a career-high 26 points and added 14 rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Texas Tech to a 69-49 victory over 13th-seeded Texas-Arlington in the first round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.
Helping spoil the first NCAA tournament appearance in school history for Texas-Arlington, Davis shot 11-of-14 from the floor and scored 19 of her points in the second half. The 6-foot-1 junior also had two blocks and three steals.
She was given a standing ovation by a crowd dominated by Texas Tech fans, who watched Davis fall just one rebound shy of tying her career high in that category.
It was the 14th straight first-round victory for Texas Tech (23-7). The Red Raiders were upset in the second round last year.
Rolla Ogunoye had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Texas-Arlington (21-10).
Ogunoye kept Texas-Arlington close to start the game, scoring 13 of her points in the first half. Her three-point play with 7:07 left before halftime cut an eight-point Texas Tech lead down to one.
But the Mavericks didn't hang around for long. Texas Tech opened the second half on a 18-6 run in the first 8 minutes, with Davis scoring 13 of those points.
Texas-Arlington, which trailed by only three points at halftime, shot just 31 percent in the second half.
Ashley Bobb had 14 points and Terra Wallace added 11 for Texas-Arlington.
PAUL J. WEBER