North Carolina State tried to push Teaira McCowan off the block, then tried double-teaming the Mississippi State star, before ultimately trying to deny her the ball altogether.
None of it worked.
McCowan still scored 24 points on perfect shooting, pulled down 15 rebounds and generally made life miserable for the Wolfpack, and helped the top-seeded Bulldogs breeze to a 71-57 win Friday night at Sprint Center and a spot in the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament.
"You don't see 6-foot-7 every day," Wolfpack coach Wes Moore said. "When they're just lobbing it up to her, there's not a whole lot you can do at times. You feel pretty helpless."
McCowan didn't do it alone, though.
Victoria Vivians added 14 points, Morgan William had 13 and Roshunda Johnson finished with 12, helping the (35-1) break their school record for wins in a season.
They'll have a chance to add to it Sunday, when they face second-seeded UCLA for a spot in the Bulldogs' second consecutive Final Four.
"This time of year, you lose, you go home," said McCowan, who finished 11 of 11 from the field and made both of her foul shots. "You basically start over. So my team, my seniors — the four I got — I'm just trying to make it the best it can be, go as far as possible."
Kiara Leslie had 27 points to pace the No. 4 seed Wolfpack (26-9), who led early in the second quarter before coming undone. Foul trouble set in, Mississippi State clamped down defensively and Moore was hit with a technical foul as the Bulldogs pulled away.
"Great team," Moore said, "but I couldn't be prouder of my group. Great resiliency all year."
The Bulldogs, who lost to South Carolina in last year's title game, looked as though they would cruise to the doorstep of another Final Four when they roared to a 17-7 lead in the first quarter.
North Carolina State leaned on its defense, and one of the best rebounding margins in the nation, to claw back. Leslie's 3 early in the second quarter gave the Wolfpack a 20-19 advantage.
Mississippi State responded with another run, fueled almost entirely by its 6-foot-7 star. McCowan easily grabbed rebounds over the smaller Wolfpack, scored a series of layups and wound up with 16 points on 7-for-7 shooting in the first half, as the Bulldogs took a 36-41 lead into the break.
Mississippi State still led 49-37 midway through the third quarter when the Wolfpack's Akela Maize, who had tangled with McCowan all game, picked up her fourth foul.
"Definitely, you never really know how strong a player is at 6-7 'til you go against them," Maize said. "I think that was the biggest surprise I had coming into the game. She's really strong."
Moore came unglued and was slapped a technical foul, then continued his diatribe as the officials mostly ignored him. William made two foul shots and Johnson a layup for the four-point trip down floor, and the Bulldogs eventually pushed their lead to 20 points.
They coasted the rest of the way to the Elite Eight.
"This team and these kids continue to set records at Mississippi State. Just proud of them," Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer said. "Hat's off to N.C. State. Wes had a done a tremendous job with that program. That team had our attention. They certainly had mine."
UCLA 84, TEXAS 75: Jordin Canada scored 22 points, putting second-seeded UCLA on her back in the fourth quarter, and the Bruins beat Texas 84-75 on Friday night to avenge a Sweet 16 loss to the Longhorns two years ago.
Monique Billings added 17 points and Kennedy Burke had 15 for the Bruins (27-7). They finally made it to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament after falling a game short the past two seasons.
They'll face top-seeded Mississippi State on Sunday night for their first Final Four trip.
Ariel Atkins had 20 points and Jatarie White had 17 for the No. 3 seed Longhorns (28-7), who kept falling into deep holes, slowly digging their way out and then letting UCLA pull away once more.
Texas made one last charge when it got back-to-back 3-pointers from Atkins and Alecia Sutton to close within 76-72 with less than 2 minutes left. But Burke answered with a layup for UCLA, and Canada's jumper with just under a minute to go helped put the game away.
UCLA wound up shooting 56.3 percent from the field in the second half.
The Bruins forged a 19-11 lead after the first quarter, then used their speed and athleticism to create turnovers and coast to easy layups to keep the Longhorns at bay.