Outcome Not in Doubt in Alabama's Loss To La. Tech
By Mark Babineck
Associated Press Writer
Saturday, March 21, 1998; 3:03 p.m. EST LUBBOCK, TexasMonica Maxwell scored 15 points, leading five players in double figures as Louisiana Tech ended Alabama's controversial NCAA tournament run with a 71-57 victory in the Midwest Regional semifinals Saturday.
Alisa Burras added 14 points and 12 rebounds as the third-seeded Lady Techsters (29-3) advanced to the regional final for the fourth time in six years.
The second-seeded Crimson Tide (24-10) never led after the opening seconds and trailed by as many as 16 early in the second half before mounting a 14-4 surge, cutting Tech's lead to 52-47.
Alabama made a similar rally last week in a 75-74 second-round victory over UCLA. In that game, a missed traveling call and questionable timekeeping in the final eight-tenths of a second allowed the Tide to get off the game-winning shot.
This time, Tamicha Jackson and Maxwell stopped Alabama's run with consecutive 3-pointers, boosting the Lady Techsters' lead back to 11 points. Moments later, Alabama's Tausha Mills fouled out after committing three fouls in 29 seconds.
Mills and Dominique Canty led the Tide with 17 points each. Tech scored nine of its last 11 points on free throws.
Jackson, LaQuan Stallworth and Amanda Wilson each scored 14 for Tech.
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