Fourth-ranked Louisiana Tech sailed past No. 20 San Diego State, 94-64, Friday night at Monroe, La., to set up a rubber game with No. 2 Northeast Louisiana for the NCAA Midwest Regional women's basketball championship.
Sunday's championship matchup will be the third this season between the two schools separated by just 30 miles. Each beat the other at home during the regular season--Tech over Northeast by six points in double overtime at Ruston, La., and Northeast by 13 over Tech in their rematch at Monroe.
The Lady Techsters, seeded No. 1 in the Midwest at 29-3, had little trouble with San Diego State as Pam Gant scored 26 points and Tori Harrison finished with 24.
The loss ended the Lady Aztecs' season at 21-9 and sent Tech into the final with a 12-game winning streak. Dee Dee Duncan led San Diego State with 22 points.
Northeast Louisiana 76, Auburn 71--Lisa Ingram and Eun Jung Lee, Northeast's All-American one-two punch, scored 32 of their team's 45 points in the second half as the Lady Indians (29-1) struggled for their 20th home victory in a row.
The loss sent Auburn home with a 25-6 record.
Ingram had 15 of her game-high 24 points in the second half, while Lee had 19 points, 17 in the second half. They were joined in double figures by freshman center Chana Perry, who had 15 points.
Brenda Hill, Auburn's leading scorer with a 13.3 average, got 18 points before fouling out with 2:18 left in the game.
Mississippi 63, Tennessee 60--At Bowling Green, Ky., Alisa Scott scored 18 points to lead Mississippi (29-2) into Sunday's Mideast Regional final against Western Kentucky, which upset Texas.
Tennessee (22-10) was paced by Sheila Collins, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds.
Western Kentucky 92, Texas 90--At Bowling Green, Ky., Lillie Mason's last-second shot gave No. 14 Western Kentucky the upset over top-ranked Texas. Western Kentucky is 27-5. Texas is 28-3.