Orr nets 10 points in Blue Raidersí win
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Middle Tennessee flashed, trapped and ran like crazy.
Gonzaga never had a chance in its NCAA tournament debut.
Chrissy Givens moved up yet another spot on the schoolís scoring list with 24 points, and the fifth-seeded Blue Raiders easily kept the nationís-longest winning streak alive at 27 games with an 85-46 victory in the first round Saturday night.
It had to be one of the most impressive defensive displays of the day — and Middle Tennessee is on to the second round of the Dayton Regional on Monday night looking for the schoolís first trip to the round of 16.
Michelle Elliott scored 17 points and Katy Ridenour added 10 in her final college game, but the overmatched Zags (24-10) committed a season-high 37 turnovers and went nearly 11 minutes without a field goal in the first half when the Blue Raiders (30-3) began their rout. The Bulldogs never quit hustling, hitting 7 of their initial 11 shots in the second half after making only six total shots in the opening 20 minutes.
Middle Tennessee, the Sun Belt Conference champion making its fourth straight NCAA appearance, finally drew well after facing ranked teams in North Carolina, North Carolina State and Utah in its previous three openers. The Blue Raiders shot 48 percent and havenít lost since Nov. 26 at then-No. 4 Tennessee, 88-64.
Amber Holt added 23 points, six rebounds and four steals and Starr Orr, who played at Speake High, had 10 points and six boards for the Blue Raiders, whose seeding matched the best in school history also given to the 1985 team that lost in the first round to Western Kentucky.
Givens, a senior guard, earned conference player of the year honors for the second straight season as well as being named the leagueís top defender again, moved into fifth place on the schoolís career scoring list and climbed to third for assists after dishing out four assists.
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