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Feb. 12, 1997

Women's Basketball Obliterates Texas A&M

By Garrett McKinnon

LUBBOCK, Texas - Junior post Alicia Thompson scored the first of her game-high 30 points after only 20 seconds of play had elapsed, leading the Texas Tech Lady Raiders (15-6, 7-4) to a 75-46 spanking of the Texas A&M Lady Aggies (8-14, 2-10) in front of approximately 3,500 fans in the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

In a game that was very physical and inconsistently officiated, a three-pointer by Rene Hanebutt capped a 10-4 run that made the score 15-7 with 13:44 left to play in the game's opening half. The Aggies countered with a 5-0 run of their own, sparked by back-to-back buckets by Kim Linder. That closed the gap to 15-12, but the Raiders spurted away again. A Thompson jumper pushed Tech to a 23-15 lead with 5:11 left to play in the first half.

Seconds later, the Aggies' Melissa Rollerson made what would be the final first-half basket for the Ags, scoring on a jumper with 5:03 left. That made the score 23-17. After that, it was all Lady Raiders.

Thompson scored six of her 15 first-half points in the final five minutes of the game, as the Raiders outscored the Ags 13-0 down the stretch to take a 36-17 halftime lead.

The Lady Raiders shot 57.7 percent in the first half, holding the Aggies to a paltry 20.6 percent (7-34) shooting rate.

It was more of the same in the second half, as the Lady Raiders opened the game's final frame on an 11-4 run. Two free throws by Julie Lake capped the run and gave Tech a 47-24 lead with 15:48 left to play in the game.

Thompson scored seven points in the next five minutes, and the Lady Raiders led 58-32 at the 10-minute mark. The Lady Raiders traded baskets with the Aggies for the remainder of the game, still managing to increase the lead to a 30-point margin, 73-43, with 2:18 left to play on a jumper by Keitha Dickerson.

The Lady Raiders shot a deadly 53.8 percent against the Aggies. It was on defense, though, where the Ladies really shone. Tech allowed the Aggies to hit only 24.6 percent of their shots, including 7.7 percent (1-13) from three-point range.

The Raiders out-rebounded the Aggies 42-40, but did yield 20 offensive boards. Thompson recorded a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds, while Hanebutt added 11 points for the Raiders. In all, eight Raider players scored.

Crystal Boles blocked nine shots, as the Raiders recorded a school-record 13 blocked shots.

Rollerson led the Aggies with 13 points, the only A&M player to score in double figures.

The Lady Aggies also shot 43.3 percent from the charity stripe.

"I was real pleased with our intensity, especially on the defensive end of the floor," said Tech head coach Marsha Sharp. "Something we talked about all week was we didn't want them to shoot three's over our head."

"Thompson did a real good job of being patient and going to the basket. Lake played outstanding. Her defensive effort was terrific," said Sharp.

The Lady Raiders will finish their two-game home stand Saturday, February 15 against the Baylor Bears, whom the Raiders defeated 75-58 in Waco on January 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

TEXAS A&M (46)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Rollerson       27  5-13   3-5   2-5  0  4   13
Yates           31   1-9   1-2   0-1  1  1    3
Linder          25   3-8   1-4   3-5  0  3    7
Patterson       21   1-4   1-2   1-4  2  1    3
Burrows         21   1-8   4-8   2-4  1  1    6
Sykora           5   0-0   0-2   0-0  0  1    0
N Tucker        21   0-0   0-1   0-2  4  1    0
Sharpe          31  2-14   2-4   4-9  1  2    7
Alexander       12   2-6   1-2   2-3  0  2    5
Beard            6   1-3   0-0   1-2  0  0    2
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TOTALS         200 16-65 13-30 15-35  9 16   46
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Percentages: FG-.246, FT-.433. 3-Point Goals:
1-13, .077 (Yates 0-7, Sharpe 1-6). Team
rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 1 (Sharpe).
Turnovers: 21 (Burrows 5, Rollerson 3, Sharpe 3,
Yates 3, Linder 2, Sykora 2, Beard, N Tucker,
Patterson). Steals: 10 (Beard 2, Sharpe 2, Yates
2, Alexander, Linder, N Tucker, Patterson).
TEXAS TECH (75)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Hanebutt        33   3-7   4-4   0-6  0  3   11
Thompson        34 11-21   8-9  0-10  1  2   30
Boles           18   3-4   0-0   0-5  1  5    6
Lake            32   3-8   2-2   0-3  6  0    8
Parker          23   0-1   0-3   0-1  6  0    0
Schmucker       13   1-3   0-0   0-1  3  1    3
Gibbs           11   4-5   1-2   2-4  0  5    9
Cockerell       11   1-1   0-0   1-2  0  0    2
Dickerson       19   2-2   2-4   1-7  3  4    6
Sumrall          2   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Tate             4   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
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TOTALS         200 28-52 17-24  4-40 20 21   75
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Percentages: FG-.538, FT-.708. 3-Point Goals:
2-7, .286 (Hanebutt 1-4, Thompson 0-1, Schmucker
1-2). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 13 (Boles
9, Lake 2, Thompson, Schmucker). Turnovers: 23
(Hanebutt 5, Parker 4, Dickerson 3, Boles 2,
Cockerell 2, Lake 2, Thompson 2, Schmucker,
Sumrall, Tate). Steals: 8 (Lake 3, Schmucker 2,
Thompson 2, Hanebutt).
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Texas A&m          17   29  -   46
Texas Tech         36   39  -   75
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 7,910. Officials:
Violet Palmer, Greg Small, Eddie Miller.

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