Maine 50

(25-7, 17-1 Am. East)

Texas Tech 60

(25-7, 10-6 Big 12)

    9:00 PM ET, March 20, 2004

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    MAINE 25 2550
    TTU 29 3160

    Top Performers

    Maine: M. Traversi 20 Pts, 1 Reb

    Texas Tech: A. Robertson 17 Pts, 6 Reb

    Tech holds Maine's leading scorer to three points

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- Shut down their leading scorer and take them out of their free-throw game -- No. 14 Texas Tech's successful formula Saturday night in downing Maine 60-50 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

    Alesha Robertson scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech and Casey Jackson added 13 points and 12 rebounds while helping hold Maine's leading scorer, Heather Ernest, to just three points on 1-of-9 shooting.

    "When you shoot 1-for-9, that's not pretty," Ernest said. "They're very physical and everywhere I turned there seemed to be somebody else guarding me."

    Texas Tech (25-7), which will play fifth-seeded Louisiana Tech in the second round of the Mideast Regional, used a series of short runs and rarely allowed Maine (25-7) any second-chance baskets.

    Maine guard Missy Traversi scored a season-high 20 points, including a three-point play with 13:45 remaining to end an 8-1 Tech run and pull Maine to 39-33.

    A putback by Traversi with 11:44 remaining pulled Maine to 41-38, but Tech used a 6-0 run to take a 47-38 lead on a basket Jolee Ayers-Curry with 5:38 remaining.

    Maine couldn't get any closer than six points the rest of the way.

    "I thought it was a great competitive basketball game," said Marsha Sharp, Texas Tech coach. "Exactly what you'd expect in the NCAA tournament."

    She said her team looked like it had been off for 10 days and played just one game in two and a half weeks. "I'm proud of the way we hung in there and made plays when we had to."

    Maine coach Sharon Versyp said she was proud of the team effort. "We just didn't get over the hump. We played hard and had great opportunities. I give all the credit to Texas Tech."

    Maine was the nation's eighth-ranked team in free throw shooting going in but was just 10-of-18 against Texas Tech.

    "It was very frustrating. I've talked all year about how you don't want to lose a game at the free throw line. I've said it 32 times, and it finally got us," Versyp said.

    She also said the effort to control Ernest was stellar. "Heather has played against double, triple, quadruple teams, but tonight it was very unfortunate for her and us."

    Davis held Ernest, the two-time America East Conference player of the year, scoreless in the first half.

    Monica Peterson added 15 points and nine rebounds for Maine, which trailed 29-25 at halftime.

    LaToya Davis added 11 points and seven rebounds for Texas Tech.

    Texas Tech guard Brooke Baughman had seven assists, including a pass to Chesley Dabbs, whose basket with 1:05 remaining in the first half put Tech up 29-23.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 50 60
    FG Made-Attempted 19-55 (.345) 20-49 (.408)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-7 (.286) 0-8 (.000)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-17 (.588) 20-28 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 15 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

    PointsM. Traversi 20A. Robertson 17
    ReboundsM. Peterson 6C. Jackson 10


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