Originally created 03/15/97

Agbatan's free throws lift Auburn to victory



RUSTON, La. - Justine Agbatan made two free throws with 28 seconds left to give No. 13 Auburn a 68-65 victory over Louisville on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA Mideast Regional.

The Tigers (22-9) advanced to a second-round game Sunday against the winner of a late game between Louisiana Tech and St. Peter's.

Agbatan hit her two free throws after Louisville (20-9) closed to 66-65 on two free throws by Haley Harris with 1:20 remaining. The Lady Cardinals had trailed by as many as 16 points with 11 minutes left.

Louisville had a chance to tie the game following Agbatan's free throws, but Auburn's forced a turnover.

Tiffany Krantz led Auburn with 24 points, while Agbatan added 12 and Tonia Trail had 11. Harris led Louisville (20-9) with 20 points, and Marla Inman-Eltrevoog added 15.

Duke 70

DePaul 56

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Tyish Hall scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket with 7:47 left, as Duke beat DePaul in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Hall scored 10 points in a 14-2 run that put the Blue Devils (19-10) up 53-48 with 6:56 to go. Hall then scored four of Duke's next eight to make it 61-51 with 2:42 left.

Duke will face the winner of Friday night's Illinois-Drake game in the second round Sunday.

DePaul (20-9) was up 46-39 with 10:41 to go on a layup by Kim Williams. But the Blue Demons got in foul trouble - center Amy Lundquist fouled out with 1:52 left - and their interior defense fell apart.

Kira Orr led Duke with 20 points and eight rebounds. Payton Black added 11 for the Blue Devils, who shot just 38 percent from the floor.

Williams led DePaul with 22 points, but committed 12 turnovers.

Orr scored six points in the final three minutes of the half to give Duke a 30-28 advantage.

Purdue 74

Maryland 48

NORFOLK, Va. - Mackenzie Curless and Stephanie White scored 18 points apiece, and Purdue opened the second half with a 17-0 run as the Boilermakers beat Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Mideast Regional.

Eighth-seeded Purdue (17-10) took a 10-point lead with less than seven minutes to go in the first half behind a 12-4 scoring run. Maryland (18-10) cut the lead to six, 33-27, at halftime.

The ninth-seeded Terrapins then failed to score during the first five minutes of the second half as Purdue, led by White's seven points and Curless' five, ran up a 50-27 lead to spoil Maryland's first appearance in the tournament since 1993.

Maryland's shooting percentage fell from 44 percent in the first half to 29 percent as the Terrapins completed just 8-of-28 field goal attempts in the second half.

Purdue was 32-of-54 (59 percent) from the floor for the game.

Jannon Roland added 17 points for Purdue, and Ukari Figgs had 11. Michelle Duhart had eight rebounds.

Maryland was led by Stephanie Cross with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Sonia Chase and Kim Bretz had 10 points apiece.

Purdue will play the winner of Friday night's Liberty-Old Dominion game in Sunday's second round.