WOMEN'S TOP 25 \ Friday's games
No. 17 Louisiana Tech 69, Nevada 60
RENO, Nev. -- Tasha Williams scored 20 points and Shan Moore added 19 to lead No. 17 Louisiana Tech to a 69-60 victory Friday over Nevada in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament. The Lady Techsters (25-4) advanced to the championship game against seventh-seeded New Mexico State today. Dellena Criner scored 15 points and Brandi Fitzgerald added 14 to lead the Wolf Pack (13-17). Moore scored nine of her 19 points in the final nine minutes as Louisiana Tech broke open a tight game. The Lady Techsters led 48-46 with 9:25 left before going on a 15-6 run over the next seven minutes to put the game away.
No. 19 Utah 61, UNLV 45
DENVER -- Shona Thorburn had 14 points, eight assists and seven rebounds to lead Utah in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament. Kim Smith added 11 points and four assists for Utah (23-6), which advances to the championship game today against the winner of the BYU-TCU game. Heidi Carlsen and Julie Larsen also had 11 points for the Utes. Nikki Hitchens led UNLV (18-11) with 11 points. Sherry McCracklin had 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Rebels, who struggled with 29 percent shooting and 17 turnovers. Utah plays BYU in the championship game.
No. 20 BYU 63, TCU 53
DENVER -- Junior center Dani Kubik scored a career-best 24 points and BYU survived a second-half slump to advance to the championship of the Mountain West Conference tournament. Mallary Gillespie added 18 points and Ambrosia Anderson had 12 points and 10 boards for the Cougars (25-4), who will play Utah (23-6) today with the winner earning an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. The Lady Frogs (18-11) lost for the third time in 17 conference tournament games. Natasha Lacy and Adrianne Ross each scored 11 points for TCU.
No. 24 Bowling Green 68, Toledo 46
CLEVELAND -- Liz Honegger scored 17 points and Bowling Green shut down Toledo, earning the Falcons their third straight trip to the Mid-American Conference tournament final. Bowling Green (27-2) won its 18th straight, dominating Toledo (11-18) with physical play on both ends of the court. Honegger and her teammates drove past Toledo's defenders for a number of easy baskets. Ali Mann, an All-MAC first-team selection, scored 14 and Amber Flynn 13 off the bench. Bowling Green will face Kent State in the tourney championship today, a rematch of last year's final, which the Falcons won 81-75. Kent State advanced Friday by rallying from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat Eastern Michigan 70-56. Bowling Green never trailed against Toledo, making it a point to come out strong after struggling early in the quarterfinals against Northern Illinois. Honegger, who had 10 rebounds, scored 15 points in the first half and Flynn 10 to put the Falcons up 39-24 at intermission. Savannah Werner led Toledo with 10 points.
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