NCAA Women’s Basketball Roundup
NCAA tournament play keeps bringing out the best in Summer Erb and North Carolina State.
After helping the Wolfpack reach the Final Four last year, Erb began the 1999 tournament with 34 points and 18 rebounds as North Carolina State beat Mississippi State 76-57 Saturday night in the Midwest Regional at Lubbock, Texas.
North Carolina State had a disappointing regular season and made the NCAA field after finishing fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. But the Wolfpack (17-11) and the 6-foot-6 Erb were too much for Mississippi State (17-11), one of eight Southeastern Conference schools in the tournament.
Leading 33-28 at halftime, NC State quickly went up 40-30 on Monica Bates’ 3-pointer and a layup by Erb. With 15:20 left, Erb powered her way in for another layup, then grabbed a rebound that led to a layup by Tynesha Lewis, making it 44-30.
Mississippi State, making its first NCAA appearance, didn’t threaten the rest of the way. Latoya Graham and Nitra Perry led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points each.
Bates added 18 points for North Carolina State. She and Erb combined for 33 of the Wolfpack’s 43 second-half points.
Boston College 72, Ohio St. 59
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Reserve Becky Gottstein scored a career-high 23 points as Boston College debuted in the NCAA tournament with a 72-59 victory over Ohio State.
Boston College (22-7) improved on the best season in school history by staying patient against Ohio State (17-11) and shooting 54 percent. Gottstein made all but one of her seven first-half shots and finished 10-of-14 from the field and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Alissa Murphy scored 22 points for BC. Michaela Moua led Ohio State with 16.
Virginia Tech 73, St. Peter’s 48
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) _ Michelle Houseright scored 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting to lead Virginia Tech past St. Peter’s 73-48.
Houseright came off the bench six minutes into the game and promptly scored all 11 of Virginia Tech’s points in a four-minute stretch, putting the Hokies (27-2) ahead 26-12 with a three-point play.
St. Peter’s (25-6), now 0-5 in NCAA play, turned the ball over 15 times in the first half and never recovered. Patty Marchese led the Peahens with 14 points and seven rebounds.
St. Joseph’s 83, Tulane 72
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) _ Freshman Susan Moran scored 21 points and St. Joseph’s came from 12 points down to beat Tulane 83-72.
Angela Zampella and Melissa Coursey scored 18 each and Jana Lichnerova added 16 for the 11th-seeded Hawks (23-7), who shot 54.5 percent. Zampella also had 13 assists.
Grace Daley led sixth-seeded Tulane (24-6) with 19 points. The Green Wave built a 12-point lead in the first 10 minutes but trailed 37-36 at halftime. St. Joseph’s began the second half with an 11-4 run and led by as many as 16 en route to its 12th straight victory.
Southern Methodist 91, Toledo 76
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Claudia Brassard scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Southern Methodist pulled away in the final seven minutes to beat Toledo 91-76.
The 11th-seeded Mustangs (20-10), who had five players score in double figures, took control with a 12-2 run early in the second half and secured the victory by making 16-of-18 free throws down the stretch.
No. 6 Toledo (25-6) failed to take advantage of its highest seeding in six NCAA appearances. Kim Knuth’s 24 points led the Rockets.
Kansas 64, Marquette 58
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) _ Lynn Pride and Brooke Reves scored 14 points apiece as Kansas beat Marquette 64-58 to move into the second round.
Marquette (21-8) built a 45-37 lead midway through the second half while Pride was on the bench with four fouls. But the Jayhawks (23-9) responded with an 11-2 run to take a 48-47 lead, then went ahead to stay on back-to-back alley oop passes to Pride.
She scored on the first one and converted both free throws after she was fouled on the second, giving Kansas a 59-55 lead.
Lisa Oldenburg scored 15 to lead Marquette.