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Seng scores 32 to lead Tennessee Tech to tournament win
Posted: Monday March 01, 1999 12:04 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Diane Seng bounced back from a scoreless game in the semifinals to post 32 points in the finals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Sunday, leading Tennessee Tech to an 86-83 win over Tennessee-Martin and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.
It will be the ninth NCAA appearance for Tennessee Tech (21-8), but the school's first since 1993.
Seng, who was named the tournament's MVP, went 12-for-15 from the field one day after shooting 0-for-3 and battling foul trouble in Tech's semifinal win over Southeast Missouri. She racked up 13 points in the final 6:04. Janet Holt added a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds.
Zabrina Harris had 24 to lead the Skyhawks (21-8), who were seeking their first trip to the NCAA tournament. Nichole Lockridge had 18 and Tessa Fields 15.
Seng and Holt each scored 10 straight points in the first half, and Tech built a 27-16 advantage. UT-Martin scored the final eight points of the half to cut Tech's halftime lead to 37-36.
Tracy Webb's 3-pointer early in the second half gave the Skyhawks their first lead at 42-41. Harris' layup put UT-Martin ahead by six moments later. Tech rallied to retake the lead, and with 6:56 left the game was tied at 62.
Amber Clark's jumper and Seng's layup put the Eaglettes up by four. UT-Martin cut it to one a final time with 4:29 remaining.
The Eaglettes then sunk 14-of-16 free throws in the final minutes to clinch the win.
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