Jan. 22, 1997
No. 14 Texas Tech Avenges Loss To Oklahoma State
By Garrett McKinnon
STILLWATER, Okla. - For the No. 14-ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders, this game was personal.
Tech's sophomore guard Rene Hanebutt scored 17 points to lead four Tech players in double-figure scoring as the Lady Raiders (12-4, 4-2) avenged their worst home loss in the 1990s by defeating the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (11-5, 3-3) 73-61 in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The then No.-7 ranked Lady Raiders had been upset 78-56 by OSU in Lubbock on Jan. 8.
The Lady Raiders shot a sizzling 54.3 percent for the game, but still led by only five points, 59-54, with three minutes left to play. An OSU bucket cut the lead to three just seconds later.
The Cowgirls would get no closer, though, as Hanebutt and freshman Melinda Schmucker nailed back-to-back three-pointers to give the Raiders a 65-56 lead. The Cowgirls answered with a quick basket, and then drew within four points when Cowgirl Cheri Edwards was fouled on a jumper and made the free throw.
That made the score 65-61 with 1:22 left to play. It also marked the final points for the Cowgirls.
The Lady Raiders, meanwhile, marched to the free-throw stripe to shoot one-and-one free throws after the Cowgirls started to foul to get the ball back. The strategy backfired, as the Lady Raiders connected on eight of eight free-throws in the game's final minute and a half. Hanebutt was six of six at the line in the last 1:04 of the game.
Junior post/forward Alicia Thompson scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Lady Raiders. Sophomore guard Julie Lake and freshman post Keitha Dickerson each scored 11 points for Tech. Schmucker led the Raiders with five assists.
The Lady Raiders finished the game connecting on 25 of 41 shots from the field, including five of 11 three-pointers. The Raiders made 18 of 22 free throws, a game-winning 81.8 percent. Tech also out-rebounded OSU 33-31.
The Cowgirls shot only 34.6 percent from the field, including five of 16 from three-point range. Entering the game, OSU was ranked second in the nation in three-point percentage, averaging 42 percent per game.
Edwards scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed seven boards for Oklahoma State. Sarah Boyd scored 13 and Renee Roberts scored 10 points on four of nine shooting. In the two teams' first meeting in Lubbock, Roberts was nine of 10 from the field.
The Lady Raiders will return to Lubbock to face the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday, Jan. 25. Gametime is scheduled for 2 p.m. CST.