No.12 Miss St 94, Saint Peter’s 60
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ LaToya Thomas had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and Angela Harris had 17 points as No. 12 Mississippi State routed Saint Peter’s 94-60 Friday night in the first round of the women’s NCAA tournament West Regional.
Jennifer Fambrough added 16 points and nine rebounds for the third- seeded Lady Bulldogs (24-7), making just the second NCAA tournament appearance in the program’s 26-year history.
Courtney Wicks scored 18 points to lead Saint Peter’s (23-8).
The 14th-seeded Peahens, who won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, led 14-13 seven minutes into the game and were tied at 16 before Mississippi State went on a 15-0 run.
Thomas, a 6-foot-2 freshman who was the MVP of the Southeast Conference tournament, scored seven points during the run, all in the paint, and Harris had two 3-pointers.
The Lady Bulldogs led 41-29 at halftime and quickly pushed the lead to 20 when Cynthia Hall sank a 3-pointer, Nitra Perry stole a pass and Hall made another 3 for a 54-34 lead.
Saint Peter’s, a small Jesuit college in Jersey City, N.J., fell to 0-6 in the NCAA tournament under coach Mike Granelli, who is in his 28th season.
Mercy Aghedo, sixth in the nation in rebounding at 11.8 per game, had 10 rebounds for the Peahens, who were outrebounded 44-49.
Perry had 10 rebounds for Mississippi State, and Harris had 10 assists.
The Lady Bulldogs held St. Peter’s to just 39 percent shooting, Mississippi State’s average for the season.