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Jan 30, 1997

Kansas Not Like Home For Texas Tech

By Garrett McKinnon

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sophomore post Cara Gibbs had a career day for the 10th-ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders in their game against the 12th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. That's about all the positives that could be said of the Raiders' performance.

The Jayhawks (13-3, 7-1) dominated in virtually every phase of the game in dismantling the Lady Raiders (13-5, 5-3), 69-52.

The Lady Raiders, ironically enough, scored the first bucket of the game on a jumper by Alicia Thompson. The Jayhawks jumped right back, embarking on a 4-0 run, the first of 10 runs of at least four unanswered points they would have in the game.

A second Thompson jumper with 16:51 tied the game, but that opened the door for the second run by the Jayhawks. Freshman Lynn Pride scored four points and pre-season Big 12 Player of the Year Tamekca Dison contributed a three-point play to put Kansas up 11-6.

Gibbs broke the run, scoring the first of her career-high 16 points (including 13 first-half points) on a short jumper, but Kansas answered with two more buckets and led 15-6 with 12:51 left to play in the first half.

Thompson scored her fifth and sixth points seconds later on a short jump shot, but Nakia Sanford came right back with four consecutive points to give the Jayhawks a 19-8 lead.

Thompson hit 1-of-4 free throws in the next few minutes. Kansas answered with back-to-back three-pointers by Pride and Angie Halbleib and led 27-9 with 5:06 left to play in the first half.

Gibbs finally broke an eight-minute field goal drought when she followed her first two free throws with a putback, cutting the lead to 27-12 with 4:13 left in the first half.

Gibbs poured in four more points, sparking a 15-4 run that closed out the first half. The Lady Raiders went to the locker room trailing 31-24, finally showing signs of life in the final five minutes of the first half.

The Lady Raiders had shot only 34.6 percent in the first half, including 1-of-8 three-point shooting. The Jayhawks shot 45 percent, hitting 2-of-3 three-point attempts.

The Lady Raiders traded buckets with the Jayhawks early in the second half, pulling within 38-33 when Rene Hanebutt nailed her second three-pointer of the night. It was as close as the Raiders would come, however.

The Jayhawks, sparked by Halbleib's three-pointer, went on a 9-0 run to make the score 47-33 Kansas with 12:58 left in the game.

A three-pointer by Melinda Schmucker cut the lead to 11. Thompson answered a 17-foot Dixon jumper with two free throws, and the Lady Raiders seemed to be just holding on with 11 minutes left in the game.

That's when Sanford keyed a 14-6 run with a jumper and a free throw. The run made the score 63-44 with 6:18 left to play in the game, and marked the largest lead of the game for the Jayhawks.

The Lady Raiders strung together a 6-0 run that was capped by two Thompson free throws with 4:42 left to play. That closed the gap to 63-50, but Tech could do no more. Kansas answered with a 6-0 run of their own, and a Thompson follow with 50 seconds left to play ended the scoring and sent the Raiders to their third loss in three tries against a ranked opponent this season.

For the game, the Lady Raiders shot 31.7 percent. The Raiders are 4-5 when they shoot below 50 percent and 9-0 when they cross the half-century mark. The Raiders were 4-of-18 from three-point land, and were aided in that category by Hanebutt, who was 3-of-11.

Kansas shot 44.3 percent for the game, and out-rebounded Tech 44 to 36.

Thompson led the Raiders with 19 hard-fought points. Gibbs was second with 16, and Hanebutt had nine. Two other players, post Crystal Boles and Schmucker, had four points each to account for all of Tech's season-low point total.

Dixon scored 24 for the Jayhawks. She was followed by Pride with 11, Halbleib with 10 and Sanford with nine.

The Lady Raiders will have five days off before hosting the conference co-leading Texas Lady Longhorns Wednesday, Feb. 5. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

TEXAS TECH (52)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Schmucker       26   1-5   1-2   2-5  1  2    4
Boles           16   2-5   0-0   4-5  0  3    4
Parker          20   0-0   0-0   1-2  1  0    0
Thompson        35  7-23   5-8   2-9  3  1   19
Hanebutt        37  3-12   0-0   2-5  4  4    9
Gibbs           24   6-9   4-5   2-4  2  4   16
Dickerson        7   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Lake            35   0-5   0-0   0-2  1  1    0
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TOTALS         200 19-60 10-15 13-32 12 15   52
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Percentages: FG-.317, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
4-18, .222 (Schmucker 1-5, Hanebutt 3-11, Lake
0-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1 (Boles).
Turnovers: 17 (Boles 3, Gibbs 3, Hanebutt 3, Lake
3, Thompson 2, Dickerson, Parker, Schmucker).
Steals: 8 (Parker 2, Boles, Gibbs, Hanebutt,
Lake, Schmucker, Thompson).
KANSAS (69)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Halbleib        35  4-12   0-0   3-4  1  0   10
Dixon           36  9-19   6-6   1-4  6  2   24
Pride           24   4-8   2-2   1-5  0  1   11
Sanford         26   4-8   1-2  4-10  0  2    9
Trapp           26   2-8   2-2   3-8  2  4    6
Grayer          19   3-3   1-4   1-6  1  1    7
Reed            10   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Canada          16   1-3   0-0   0-1  0  1    2
Scott            6   0-0   0-0   1-2  0  2    0
Wiley            1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Fletcher         1   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
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TOTALS         200 27-61 12-16 14-41 10 14   69
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Percentages: FG-.443, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
3-7, .429 (Halbleib 2-5, Dixon 0-1, Pride 1-1).
Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 5 (Sanford 3,
Halbleib, Pride). Turnovers: 16 (Sanford 5, Dixon
3, Halbleib 2, Pride 2, Grayer, Reed, Scott,
Trapp). Steals: 11 (Dixon 4, Halbleib 3, Pride 2,
Grayer, Reed).
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Texas Tech         24   28  -   52
Kansas             31   38  -   69
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Technical fouls: None. Officials: Dee Kanter,
Scott Yarbrough, Doug Cloud.

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