Texas Tech 77, Mississippi St. 55
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) _ Amber Tarr scored 25 points, and Cisti Greenwalt added 19 as Texas Tech defeated Mississippi State 77-55 Sunday night in the second round of the West Regional.
The win earned Tech (20-11) its fourth straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen.
The Lady Raiders will play Saturday in Boise, Idaho, against the winner of the Oklahoma-Villanova game Monday night in Norman, Okla.
Tech, the fourth seed, brought a swarming defense, double teaming the Lady Bulldogs’ top scorer LaToya Thomas almost every time she got the ball in the paint. Mississippi State pulled within six points with about 11 minutes remaining.
In the first half, Tech held Mississippi State (19-12) scoreless for more than eight minutes and kept the top two scorers _ Thomas and Tan White _ to just seven points.
Meanwhile, Tech scored 11 straight to lead 17-5.
Tarr’s performance matched her career high and ended a four-game shooting slump in which she made only 9 of 38 shots. Greenwalt had 11 rebounds, and Jia Perkins added 10 points.
Thomas scored 15 points, and Jennifer Fambrough added 14 to lead the Lady Bulldogs.