Feb. 5, 1997
Lady Raiders Upset Texas 96-73
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Longhorns came to Lubbock Municipal Coliseum looking to beat Texas Tech, but the Lady Raiders used their not-so-secret weapon to route the eighth-ranked Longhorns 96-73 Wednesday night at the Municipal Coliseum.
Over 8,000 fans witnessed a one-athlete show, put on by junior Alicia Thompson. Thompson not only broke three Texas Tech records, but scored 47 points, breaking Sheryl Swoopes' single-game record.
Tech used a balanced attack during the first half to jump to an early six-point lead, but Texas answered two of Tech's runs with Danielle Vigliones 3-point shots. While Tech never pulled away, they were able to keep a steady hold against the Texas defense. Tech shot 53 percent despite hitting only 1-of-6 3-point shots. Texas didn't score its first bucket until Amy Smith scored at the 17:45 mark.
Thompson stole the show by hitting 18-of-27 shots, 10 rebounds, two blocks, and an assist. She scored 18 of Tech's 26 points in the first half.
"She (Thompson) was absolutely awesome," Texas coach Jody Conradt siad. "She was phenomenal. We had no inside game, and Tech played really well. This is an intimidating place to play. Their crowd gets right on you, and our players have got to learn to block that out."
The Longhorns held the last shot of the first half and Amy Smith's bucket at the buzzer was good, but Tech still held a 37-26 halftime lead.
Tech came out in the second half strong. Tech played a 2-3 zone in the second half, and Thompson was guiding Tech when they went on a 6-1 run with 11:04 in the second half. A 20-point lead at the seven-minute mark, gave Tech the largest lead of the night until the final stretch.
"She might have been the best player in America tonight," Marsha Sharp said. "This was a team win. We really moved the basketball, ran the pressure, handled the ball, and gave her good looks. This was a big-time win."
Tech shot an improved 65 percent overall compared to Texas' 41 percent. Thompson was able to get more help from sophomore Rene Hanebutt, who recorded a triple double, and finished the night with 19 points.
Thompson's 47-point show puts her third in most points scored in Texas Tech's history. Everything happened to fall Tech's way as they increased their lead over the Longhorns. Tech shot 80 percent at the free-throw line and went 3-of-3 outside the arch in the second half.
Tech takes the
victory and meets Nebraska for a televised meeting in Lincoln on Sunday.