Saturday, March 24, 2001

Purdue 74, Texas Tech 72


Boilermakers next for Xavier

The Associated Press

        BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Katie Douglas scored 18 points, including a short runner with 30 seconds left, and Purdue took advantage of early foul trouble by Texas Tech's best post player for a 74-72 win Saturday in the NCAA Mideast Regional semifinals.

        With Plenette Pierson spending most of the game on the bench, the third-seeded Boilermakers (29-6) built a 10-point lead early in the second half.

        Texas Tech freshman Jia Perkins scored 18 of her career-high 29 points in the second half to rally the Lady Raiders (25-7). Texas Tech had made the regional finals in two of the last three seasons.

        Purdue is trying to duplicate its title run of two years ago after losing in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

        Perkins, who didn't start but played most of the way, did her best to show them the exit again. She hit two free throws then nailed a 3-pointer with 2:22 left to tie it 70-70.

        Douglas hit one of two free throws 20 seconds later and Texas Tech missed layups on consecutive possessions.

        Douglas slipped along the baseline to score in traffic with 30 seconds left, making it 73-70. Perkins missed a 3 with Douglas rebounding and drawing the foul.

        She sealed the win with a free throw with 11.9 seconds left. Perkins made a layup with four-tenths of a second to go and time ran out with Purdue's inbounds play.

        Purdue freshman Erika Valek of Lubbock, Texas, tore a knee ligament with just more than four minutes left. She scored 13 points then received consolation hugs from each of the players from her hometown team.

        Douglas picked up her fourth foul on the play and Candi White hit two free throws on the other end to make it 69-65.

        Pierson, who had 28 points last weekend against Virginia Tech, had just five points and one rebound in less than 13 minutes and fouled out with 5:54 left. She attempted only three shots.

        That left the Lady Raiders with no answer for 6-foot-4 center Camille Cooper, who had 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

        Amber Tarr had 11 points for Texas Tech while Katrisa O'Neal scored all eight of her points in the second half and had five steals. Perkins, who was 3-of-4 from 3-point range, also had four assists.

        With four starters at least 6-1, Purdue had little trouble pounding it inside early and often against Texas Tech's zone to take a 41-33 halftime lead.

        The Boilermakers built a 30-20 lead with 6:27 left on Erika Valek's 3-pointer. Tarr and Perkins both hit 3s to key an 11-0 run as Texas Tech took a 31-30 lead.

        Then, it was back inside for Purdue, which retook the lead on two straight layups by the 6-4 Cooper. Douglas's driving layup to beat the buzzer gave Purdue a 41-33 halftime edge.

        The Boilermakers, who made just two 3-pointers, scored 44 points in the paint. Texas Tech had 32.

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PURDUE (74)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Douglas         33  6-11   6-9   0-2  2  4   18
Hurns           26   3-6   1-1   1-3  1  3    7
Cooper          34  8-11   1-2   0-7  1  1   17
Komara          27  1-10   2-2   2-7  1  2    5
Valek           27   5-7   2-3   0-1  3  0   13
Hicks            2   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  1    0
Parks           13   1-3   0-1   0-1  0  0    2
Crawford        11   1-2   1-1   2-3  0  2    3
Wright          27   3-7   3-4   3-7  2  1    9
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TOTALS         200 28-57 16-23  8-31 11 14   74
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Percentages: FG-.491, FT-.696. 3-Point Goals:
2-7, .286 (Douglas 0-3, Komara 1-2, Valek 1-2).
Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 2 (Hurns,
Cooper). Turnovers: 20 (Douglas 5, Komara 3,
Valek 3, Hurns 2, Parks 2, Wright 2, Cooper,
Crawford, Hicks). Steals: 7 (Cooper 3, Douglas 3,
Komara).


TEXAS TECH (72)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Tarr            33  4-10   0-0   2-3  2  3   11
Pierson         13   2-3   1-1   0-1  0  5    5
Ellison         18   2-3   1-2   2-4  0  3    5
White           16   2-3   2-4   1-2  0  0    6
Oneal           31  2-11   4-4   0-6  3  4    8
Jackson         20   1-3   0-0   1-5  0  1    2
Perkins         34 11-19   4-4   2-5  4  1   29
Ritchie          6   0-4   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Ayers           26   1-4   2-2   1-5  1  2    4
Brown            3   1-2   0-0   1-1  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 26-62 14-17 10-32 10 19   72
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Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals:
6-14, .429 (Tarr 3-7, Oneal 0-1, Perkins 3-4,
Ritchie 0-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 4
(Ellison, Perkins, Oneal, Ritchie). Turnovers: 19
(Oneal 5, Ellison 4, White 3, Perkins 2, Tarr 2,
Brown, Jackson, Pierson). Steals: 7 (Oneal 5,
Ellison, White).
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Purdue             41   33  -   74
Texas Tech         33   39  -   72
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 6,576. Officials:
Ronald Dressander, Lawson Newton, Mary Day.


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