Louisiana Tech 72, Purdue 65
By Mark Babineck
Monday, March 23, 1998; 10:10 p.m. EST
LUBBOCK, Texas Alisa Burras had 17 points and 16 rebounds Monday night as Louisiana Tech fended off comeback-proven Purdue, 72-65, in the NCAA Midwest Regionals.
LaQuan Stallworth added 18 points, including four on free throws in the last 30 seconds, to ensure that the Lady Techsters (30-3) would maintain their streak of advancing to the Final Four at least once every four years.
No. 4 seed Purdue (23-10) was an even match for third-seeded Tech until Tamicha Jackson's jumper touched off a 15-4 run that gave the Lady Techsters a 60-49 lead with 8:02 left.
But the Boilermakers had rallied from double-digit second-half deficits in five of their last seven games and seemed girded to do it again. A baseline jumper by Stephanie White closed the gap to 68-65 with 30 seconds left.
But Stallworth's foul shooting and three Purdue turnovers in the final 20 seconds cinched the Lady Techsters' 15th consecutive victory and ninth Final Four appearance since the NCAA sanctioned women's basketball in 1982.
White led Purdue with 23 points and nine rebounds. Ukari Figgs added 18.
Jackson and Amanda Wilson each scored 16 for Tech. Burras, who had said she was determined not to be part of the first Tech senior class to miss out on the Final Four, was named the regional's most outstanding player.