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Feb. 15, 1997

Women's Basketball Routs Baylor

By Garrett McKinnon

LUBBOCK, Texas - The No. 16-ranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders collected only three offensive rebounds in the first half of their game against the Baylor Lady Bears.

That would generally be considered a poor showing. But, teams don't usually shoot 72.7 percent in the first half either.

The Lady Raiders (16-6, 8-4) had their best shooting performance in a game this year, following up their incredible first half with a sizzling 60.9 percent second-half to shoot 66.7 percent for the game and romp to a 79-60 win over the Bears (11-11, 4-8).

After Baylor's 6-4 Kacy Moffitt outjumped the Raiders' 6-2 Crystal Boles for the opening tip, it was all Lady Raiders.

Four different Raiders scored as Tech opened up a 13-0 lead with 15:41 left to play in the opening half on a jumper by post Alicia Thompson. The Bears finally scored when Mandy Hayworth connected on a pair of free throws with 15:15 in the first, but the Raiders ran off three more points before the Bears scored their first field goal, a jumper by Amanda Mooney that made the score 16-4 at the 13:30 mark.

Tech guard Rene Hanebutt hit her second three-pointer moments later, and a free throw by Crystal Boles gave the Raiders a 20-4 lead with 11:55 left.

The two teams traded baskets until a jumper by guard Julie Lake sparked a 16-2 run that made the lead 34-13 with 4:39 left in the first half.

The Bears closed the half with a 13-9 spurt to trail 43-26 at halftime, the final Bear points coming on a buzzer-beating jumper by Tasia Wright.

The Bears shot 25 percent for the opening half.

Baylor did not come out of the lockerroom looking like a beaten team to start the second half, though. Nicole Parmer hit a three, sparking a 9-0 run that pulled the Bears within 45-48 with 16:31 left to play.

Lake broke the run with a three-pointer, and a jumper by Keitha Dickerson put the Raiders back in a double-digit lead for good when she hit a bucket with 13:05 that made the score 54-44. From there, the Raiders rolled again.

A 12-4 run made the score 66-48 with 5:43, and the Raiders costed to their second consecutive win.

The Bears shot 33.3 percent for the game, but did force the Raiders into 24 turnovers. The Raiders collected a 40-30 rebound advantage.

Thompson led the Raiders with 25 points and 14 rebounds. She recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 1:38 in the first half with her 10th first-half rebound. She also had 14 first-half points.

Hanebutt chipped in 19 points for the Raiders on five-of-six three-point shooting. Lake and Boles contributed 10 points each.

Moffitt led the Bears with 22 points. She was followed by Palmer with 20 points and Mooney with 10. Toya Ellis didn't score in the game, but did dish 10 assists for the Bears.

"We had an awful lot of good things happen in this game, but also some things we need to work on," said Tech head coach Marsha Sharp. "We turned the basketball over way too many times. We've got to handle the turnover situation better. Another thing that continues to frustrate us is knocking down free throws."

The Lady Raiders shot 56.5 percent from the charity stripe, connecting on 13 of 23 free throws.

The Raiders will start a tough three-game road trip Wednesday when they face the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman at 7 p.m.

"For us to be successful on the road, we've got to come out strong from the beginning," said Hanebutt.

BAYLOR (60)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Wright          23   3-6   0-0   5-7  0  1    6
Ellis           34   0-5   0-0   0-3 10  1    0
Moffitt         29  9-14   3-6   1-3  0  4   22
Alcala          22   0-4   0-1   0-1  3  2    0
Palmer          28  7-14   2-3   2-3  2  1   20
Harris           6   0-2   0-0   0-1  1  2    0
Boutte           3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Byas             6   0-1   0-0   1-1  2  1    0
Hayworth        19   0-7   2-2   1-1  0  2    2
Mooney          26  3-11   4-5   2-5  0  2   10
Applebury        4   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
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TOTALS         200 22-66 11-17 12-25 18 18   60
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Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals:
5-20, .250 (Ellis 0-3, Moffitt 1-1, Alcala 0-1,
Palmer 4-9, Boutte 0-1, Hayworth 0-5). Team
rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: None. Turnovers: 16
(Ellis 4, Mooney 4, Moffitt 3, Byas 2, Palmer 2,
Harris). Steals: 13 (Ellis 3, Palmer 3, Hayworth
2, Alcala, Harris, Moffitt, Mooney, Wright).
TEXAS TECH (79)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Thompson        37 10-18   5-6  1-14  2  3   25
Hanebutt        33   5-8   4-4   1-4  4  3   19
Boles           18   4-4   2-5   1-1  1  5   10
Lake            36   5-7   0-1   0-3  3  0   11
Parker          28   0-1   1-2   0-1  7  0    1
Schmucker       13   1-1   1-2   0-2  5  2    3
Gibbs            9   1-2   0-2   1-2  0  2    2
Cockerell       12   2-2   0-0   2-5  0  0    4
Dickerson       14   2-2   0-1   1-4  2  1    4
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TOTALS         200 30-45 13-23  7-36 24 16   79
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Percentages: FG-.667, FT-.565. 3-Point Goals:
6-11, .545 (Thompson 0-3, Hanebutt 5-6, Lake
1-2). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 1
(Parker). Turnovers: 24 (Hanebutt 6, Parker 5,
Thompson 4, Dickerson 3, Gibbs 3, Boles, Lake,
Schmucker). Steals: 6 (Lake 3, Hanebutt 2, Boles).
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Baylor             26   34  -   60
Texas Tech         43   36  -   79
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 7,926. Officials:
Steve Stelljes, Randy Campbell, John Franklin.

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