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December 18, 1996

Second-ranked Lady Vols Edge 11th-ranked Lady Raiders

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech's 6-3 post Crystal Boles blocked a Tennessee Lady Volunteer shot on each of the Lady Vols' first three possessions, so the No. 6-ranked Vols turned to their outside game and pulled out a 79-71 win over the No. 11-ranked Lady Raiders (5-2) that ended Tech's 33-game home win streak.

The Lady Vols (8-3) came out determined to pound the ball on the inside in order to break a two-game losing streak. Boles, who finished the contest with nine blocked shots in all, had other things in mind, rejecting three Lady Vol shots in the first two minutes of play.

A free throw by freshman point guard Melinda Schmucker, who led the Raiders in scoring with 17 points, put Tech up 7-3 early in the game.

Back-to-back three-point shots by Lady Vol Abby Conklin (who tied a Tech opponent's record with six three-pointers on the evening) put the Vols up 13-10 moments later.

Forward Alicia Thompson scored two quick buckets around a Rene Hanebutt free throw, evening the score at 17-17 with 9:31 left in the first period. That's when Tennessee went on a 7-0 run, going ahead 24-17 with 7:00 minutes left.

Boles scored four of her seven points on free throws during the next two minutes, and the Lady Raiders eventually took their last lead of the game on a Thompson jumper. The scoreboard read 27-26 with 3:56 showing on the clock.

That would prove to be the final points of the first period for Tech, as a stingy Tennessee defense held the Raiders to only two shots in the first half's final four minutes. Tennessee, meanwhile, scored 10 unanswered points to take a 36-27 halftime lead.

It was a lead the Vols would never relinquish.

The Vols jumped out of the gate early in the second half, scoring eight of the half's first 12 points to lead by 15, 46-31 with 15:58 left in the game.

The Lady Raiders managed to close the gap with an 11-2 run that put the Raiders behind 48-42 with 12:19 to play. But Conklin nailed back-to-back three-point buckets to push the lead to 12. The Lady Raiders never got closer than seven points after that.

Thompson, Tech's go-to player, scored only 12 points in the game and only four points in the second half.

"I felt a couple of things really hurt us. There were two players we had to control, [Lady Vol sophomore and All-American forward Chamique] Holdsclaw and Conklin. We got half of that done," said Tech head coach Marsha Sharp. Holdsclaw scored 19 points in the game, only the third time all season she had been held below 20.

"We turned Conklin loose, though, and she hit some big three's that broke our back."

Conklin hit six of 11 three-point shots, scoring a game-high 26 points.

The loss (Tech's second in a row to a ranked team and the first time in more than 60 games the Lady Raiders have lost back-to-back games) marked the first time in more than two years the Raiders have lost at home. Tech's last home defeat was a 75-79 loss to Washington on Nov. 22, 1994 in the championship game of the women's pre-season National Invitational Tournament.

"I think we've learned a lot this week. To me, that's why you play good people. Great teams will point out your weaknesses...so you can work on them," said Sharp. "It will help us in Big 12 play."

The Lady Vols set an opponent's record with 11 three-point shots, breaking the old mark of 10 set by SMU in 1993. The Vols shot a devastating 42 percent (11-26) from behind the three-point arc. Fifty-five percent shooting from the field in the second half prevented any sustained Tech comeback.

For the game, the Vols shot 40.6 percent, while the Lady Raiders shot 46.6 percent. The Raiders hit only three of 13 three-point attempts, though, a paltry 23.1 percent.

The taller Lady Vols out-rebounded the Raiders, but only by five boards - 42 to 37.

The Lady Raiders missed several chances at the charity strip in the first half, and finished the game 14 of 23 from the free-throw line, a circumstance that Sharp said contributed to their defeat.

The Lady Raiders will try to get back in the win column when they travel to Dallas Saturday to face the SMU Mustangs. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. central.

TENNESSEE (79)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Holdsclaw       37  9-18   1-1  3-10  4  3   19
Laxton          15   1-5   0-0   0-0  2  3    2
Thompson        40   1-4   3-4  7-13  0  3    5
Butts           11   1-3   0-0   1-2  1  1    2
Milligan        22   1-3   0-0   0-3  7  5    3
Elzy            23   4-9   3-5   1-5  5  0   12
Greene          18   3-8   1-2   0-0  1  0   10
Stephens         3   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Conklin         31  8-18   4-4   1-3  1  3   26
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TOTALS         200 28-69 12-16 13-37 21 18   79
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Percentages: FG-.406, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
11-26, .423 (Holdsclaw 0-2, Laxton 0-1, Butts
0-1, Milligan 1-2, Elzy 1-2, Greene 3-7, Conklin
6-11). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3
(Holdsclaw 2, Elzy). Turnovers: 16 (Holdsclaw 4,
Milligan 4, Laxton 2, Thompson 2, Butts, Conklin,
Elzy, Greene). Steals: 8 (Elzy 3, Conklin 2,
Holdsclaw 2, Thompson).
TEXAS TECH (71)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Hanebutt        39   4-9   5-8   0-8  4  3   14
Thompson        32  6-12   0-1   1-3  0  2   12
Boles           39   2-4   3-4   4-7  0  4    7
Schmucker       37  5-13   5-8   0-3  6  0   17
Lake            37  7-14   1-2   1-5  3  3   15
Gibbs            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
Dickerson       12   2-5   0-0   2-5  0  2    4
Parker           3   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 27-58 14-23  8-31 13 16   71
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Percentages: FG-.466, FT-.609. 3-Point Goals:
3-13, .231 (Hanebutt 1-5, Thompson 0-1, Schmucker
2-4, Lake 0-3). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots:
9 (Boles 9). Turnovers: 16 (Hanebutt 6, Schmucker
5, Lake 3, Dickerson, Thompson). Steals: 7 (Lake
3, Boles 2, Schmucker, Thompson).
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Tennessee          36   43  -   79
Texas Tech         27   44  -   71
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Technical fouls: Tennessee 1 (Holdsclaw).  A:
8,174. Officials: June Courteau, Scott Yarbrough,
Bob Tramell.

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