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NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Recap (Rutgers-Texas Tech)

Posted: Sun March 21, 1999 at 2:23 a.m EST

NORMAL, Illinois (Ticker) -- Third-seeded Rutgers held No. 2 Texas Tech to a record-low 11 points in the first half en route to a 53-42 victory in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Women's Tournament.

The Scarlet Knights (29-5) moved into the regional final for the first time since the NCAA took over sponsorship of the tournament in 1982. They will face top-seed Purdue on Monday for the right to go to the Final Four.

"It's not that I'm not excited, said Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer. "It's just that we're not done. We celebrated in the locker room, but tonight we'll be watching tape and then we will be intense."

The Lady Raiders (30-4) broke the record for the lowest points in a half of a regional semifinal or final held by three teams, including themselves in 1996 against Louisiana Tech. They tied the mark for fewest points in a game, along with UCLA against Georgia in a West Region semifinal in 1985.

Rutgers, the nation's second-best defensive team, scored the first 11 points of the game over the first 11:07. Texas Tech missed its first nine shots and made 4-of-19 field goal attempts in the first half. Tomora Young scored seven points as Rutgers took a 25-11 lead into the break.

"Our whole thing at Rutgers is to play defense," said guard Natasha Pointer. "Earlier this season we had some offensive chemistry problems, but when you play Rutgers University, defense will be played."

Tech's shooting woes continued in the second half as they missed four of their first five shots. They did not come closer than 11 points thereafter.

Young paced Rutgers, which outrebounded Texas Tech, 31-24, with 15 points and Shawnetta Stewart added 12.

Cara Gibbs led Texas Tech with 12 points off the bench. Texas Tech's starters, who average 50 points a game, were limited to 23.

"We're crushed about how we played tonight," said Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp. "It was the best we have been defended all year. We had a hard time trying to find shots any place. When they did leave us open, we didn't attack the basket as well as we should have."

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