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Techsters survive Montana

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The fifth-seeded Lady Techsters rallied from as many as 11 points down in the second half to pull out a 81-77 victory over Montana on its home court during first-round action of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.

Junior Erica Smith-Taylor had 29 points to lead seventh-ranked Louisiana Tech. The 5-foot-10 forward had 12 points in the final 10 minutes of the second half, when the Lady Techsters came back from a 60-49 deficit. The Lady Techsters will play the Red Raiders of Texas Tech in a second round game Monday at 9 p.m. at the Dahlberg Arena.

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