April 1, 2003
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? Duke advances to its third NCAA Final Four ('99 and 02). The Blue Devils are now 3-1 in Elite 8 competition and 2-0 all-time versus Texas Tech. The victory was the Blue Devils' 15th win in a row.
? Texas Tech held Duke scoreless until the 14:46 mark of the first half. The Blue Devils missed their first seven shots and had only one field goal during the first 9:34of the game. Texas Tech jumped out to a 10-3 lead at that time.
? Duke went on a 7-0 run from 12:02 left in the first half to the 7:13 mark. The score was tied 10-10 at that time.
? Duke's 22-20 lead at the 2:06 mark of the first half was the first time the Blue Devils led in the game.
? Duke scored the last eight points of the first half, holding Texas Tech scoreless over the final 3:51.
? Duke's Alana Beard had 16 of the Blue Devils' 26 points in the first half. She also tied a career high with four blocked shots (Last vs Georgia State on 03-23-03). She finished with a game-high 28 points.
? Texas Tech's Plenette Pierson had 17 rebounds, which ties her for second all-time in NCAA Midwest Regional action. Pierson also recorded her eighth double-double this season (22 career) with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
? Duke's Michele Matyasovsky had a season-high three blocked- shots.
? Duke's 12 blocked shots set an NCAA Midwest Regional record, and is also a team record for blocked shots in NCAA tournament play.
? Duke's Alana Beard was the NCAA Regional MVP for the second year in a year in a row (East 2002) and made the All-Regional team for the third year in a row (West 2001).
ALL-MIDWEST REGION TEAM
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER:
Alana Beard- Duke University, Jr. (Guard)
Jordan Adams- University of New Mexico, Sr. (Center)
Plenette Pierson- Texas Tech University, Sr. (Forward)
Iciss Tillis- Duke University, Jr. (Forward)
Christi Thomas- University of Georgia, Jr. (Forward/ Center)