Originally created 03/19/00

Women's roundup: Lady Bulldogs sail to first-round win



ATHENS, Ga. -- Fourth-ranked Georgia overwhelmed Montana with stifling defense while Coco Miller scored 16 points and Shala Crawford added 15 points as Georgia picked up a 74-46 victory in the first round of the West Regional on Saturday.

By halftime, Georgia (30-3) was up 40-16 on 48 percent shooting. Montana (22-8) mustered only 24 percent, including two baskets off Georgia turnovers.

Montana went eight minutes between points in the second half, as Georgia stretched its lead from 47-25 to 65-25.

The Lady Bulldogs got off to a slow start, making just one of their first eight shots. But Coco Miller turned up the heat, hitting a pair of 3-pointers en route to 10 first-half points.

Cheryl Keller scored 15 for Montana, including three treys. Lauren Cooper added 10.

Tennessee, 90 -- Furman, 38

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Semeka Randall scored 17 points as top-seeded Tennessee turned in a record-setting defensive performance vs. Furman in the opening round of the Mideast Regional.

The Lady Vols held Furman to 20 percent shooting (13 of 64) -- the lowest percentage in the 19-year history of the tournament.

Tennessee, ranked second at the end of the regular season, broke out early and never let the Southern Conference champions catch up, holding the Lady Paladins to the fewest points in coach Sherry Carter's 18 seasons.

With eight minutes left in the first half, the Lady Vols (29-3) were up 34-4 and Furman (20-11) had managed to make only one field goal in 20 attempts.

A Randall layup gave Tennessee a 50-14 halftime lead.

Randall was one of four Lady Vols in double figures. Catchings had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Gwen Jackson had 14 points and Kara Lawson added 10.

Louisiana Tech, 95 -- Alcorn State, 53

RUSTON, La. -- Ayana Walker had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes, helping Louisiana Tech beat Alcorn State in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Walker also had five blocked shots and three steals as top-seeded Tech (29-2) opened its last NCAA tournament under coach Leon Barmore.

Barmore announced Friday he would step down as coach after the season, ending an 18-year run in which he posted the highest winning percentage (.872) in major college basketball. He upped his record to 518-76 after Tech used relentless pressure to force Alcorn State (22-9) into 32 percent shooting for the game and 24 percent (6 of 24) in the second half.

Tech shot almost 49 percent and outrebounded Alcorn 53-29. The Techsters had 13 steals and eight blocks.

Tech, one of two teams to have played in every NCAA tournament, made short work of an Alcorn State team making its debut in the event.

Tamicha Jackson scored 24 for Louisiana Tech, Katrina Frierson had 12, Takeisha Lewis 11 and Betty Lennox 10.

Duke, 71 -- Campbell, 42

DURHAM, N.C. -- Missy West scored 15 points as Duke cruised past Campbell in the first round of the East Regional.

No. 2-seed Duke (27-5) has won six straight first-round games, the best run in school history.

Duke's Georgia Schweitzer, the ACC player of the year, was held to 11 points. She has been playing since Feb. 14 with a divot fracture on an ankle bone. Lauren Rice added 10 points for Duke.

Campbell (22-9) won the Trans America Athletic Conference championship to earn its first trip to the NCAA tournament. Stacey Hinkle led Campbell with 14 points.

Southern Methodist, 64 -- North Carolina State63

NORFOLK, Va. -- Katie Remke hit a free throw with two seconds remaining as Southern Methodist upset North Carolina State in the first round of the Midwest Regional.

Summer Erb's layup for fifth-sseded N.C. State (20-9) tied the game at 63 with 27 seconds left. Kaayla Chones fouled Remke, who missed her first free throw but sank the second to lift the 12th-seeded Mustangs (22-8) to the win.