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Lady Raiders Triumph Over Texas-Arlington, 69-49

Texas Tech forward LaToya Davis runs down the court after scoring against Texas-Arlington during the second half of an NCAA tournament first-round game in Dallas, Saturday, March 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Texas Tech forward LaToya Davis runs down the court after scoring against Texas-Arlington during the second half of an NCAA tournament first-round game in Dallas, Saturday, March 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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March 19, 2005

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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.

Chesley Dabbs added 10 points for the Red Raiders. Erin Grant had 12 assists, the sixth time this season she has reached double figures.

Ashley Bobb had 14 points and Terra Wallace added 11 for Texas-Arlington.

PAUL J. WEBER
Associated Press Writer


 

 

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