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Feb. 22, 1997

Texas Tech Falls to Texas 72-61

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders' junior post Alicia Thompson again proved to be a thorn in the side of the Texas Lady Longhorns.

In their previous meeting in Lubbock on Feb. 5, Thompson scored 47 points and led the Raiders to a 96-73 pasting of the Longhorns.

This time, Thompson scored 39. It wasn't enough, though, as the No. 14-ranked Lady Raiders (17-7, 9-5) couldn't quite make up a huge early deficit and fell 61-72 to the No. 9-ranked 'Horns (19-5, 11-3) in the Frank Erwin Center, virtually securing a Big 12 South Division title for Texas.

The game began ominously for the Raiders, who missed their first five shots. Texas' Danielle Viglione hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the game as the Longhorns hit all five of their early shots and led 12-0 at the 15:46 mark of the opening half.

Thompson finally got the Raiders on the board with two free throws at the 15:05 mark. A basket by Thompson seconds later cut the lead to eight, but the Raiders would get no closer in the first half.

Thompson scored 11 of Tech's first 13 points, but all five Lady Longhorn starters scored during the same period and Texas led 13-29 with less than eight minutes left in the half.

Tech post Crystal Boles took over for Thompson during the next few minutes, scoring seven straight points. The 'Horns, though, answered almost basket for basket, and took their largest lead of the half, 24-43, when Vanessa Wallace hit a humper with 56 seconds left.

Thompson scored four more points before halftime, including a buzzer-beating jumper from seven feet out, to push her scoring total to 17 points. The Lady Raiders as a team scored only 28 and trailed 28-45 at halftime.

The second half saw the Longhorns take their largest lead of the game at 21 points. But, the Raiders never gave up, chipping away at the lead.

Thompson scored 15 straight points for the Raiders during one point midway through the second half. She hit two free throws with 4:20 left that cut the lead to seven points at 57-64.

Texas' Angela Jackson answered with two free throws of her own to push the lead back to nine, but Thompson scored what would be her final points of the game on a jumper with 3:30 left to play. That made the score 66-59 Texas.

The gap was just too much, though. A jumper by Rene Hanebutt, who scored 19 points in the two teams' first meeting but only recorded five points this time, made the score 61-68 with 1:19 left to play.

The Raiders misfired on their next three possessions, and Edwina Brown capped the game with a layin as time expired to give the Longhorns a double-digit win.

The Raiders, despite their early shooting troubles, finished the game shooting 44 percent, the same percentage Texas managed. The Longhorns recorded 36 rebounds to Tech's 20, though, and forced Tech into 20 turnovers.

Thompson, the leading scored and rebounder in the Big 12 Conference, led all scorers with her second-highest career total. Thompson was 14 of 26 from the floor and 11 of 17 at the free-throw line. She also recorded 11 rebounds. No other Lady Raider reached double figures, although Boles finished with seven and Julie Lake with six points respectively.

Jackson led Texas with 23 points. She was followed by Viglione and Brown with 11 each and Walace with 10.

The Lady Raiders, still vying for a top-four Big 12 finish and a first-round bye in the conference tournament, finish a three-game conference road swing Wednesday against Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

TEXAS TECH (61)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Hanebutt        30  2-10   0-0   1-3  1  4    5
Thompson        38 14-26 11-17  6-11  0  1   39
Boles           17   3-5   1-2   1-2  0  4    7
Lake            38   3-5   0-0   0-4  1  1    6
Parker          20   0-0   0-0   0-1  1  0    0
Gibbs           17   2-5   0-0   0-2  1  4    4
Cockerell        7   0-2   0-0   1-1  1  0    0
Dickerson       13   0-0   0-0   1-3  0  4    0
Schmucker       20   0-1   0-0   0-0  3  0    0
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TOTALS         200 24-54 12-19 10-27  8 18   61
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Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.632. 3-Point Goals:
1-10, .100 (Hanebutt 1-6, Thompson 0-2, Lake 0-1,
Schmucker 0-1). Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots:
6 (Boles 4, Thompson, Gibbs). Turnovers: 20
(Thompson 5, Hanebutt 4, Lake 4, Boles 2,
Schmucker 2, Dickerson, Gibbs, Parker). Steals: 7
(Thompson 3, Schmucker 2, Dickerson, Parker).
TEXAS (72)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
A Smith         26   2-5   3-4   5-7  1  4    7
E Brown         40  4-10   3-4   1-7  6  4   11
Jackson         31  8-18   7-9   2-7  0  4   23
Viglione        25   4-8   0-0   1-4  2  0   11
Wallace         38   2-6   6-6   1-5  8  0   10
Hasenmyer       11   1-1   1-1   1-2  1  2    3
Ogletree        19   0-0   0-0   0-0  1  0    0
Bailey          10   3-6   1-2   1-1  0  1    7
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TOTALS         200 24-54 21-26 12-33 19 15   72
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Percentages: FG-.444, FT-.808. 3-Point Goals:
3-6, .500 (A Smith 0-1, Viglione 3-5). Team
rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 4 (Jackson 4).
Turnovers: 17 (E Brown 5, Wallace 5, A Smith 3,
Bailey, Jackson, Ogletree, Viglione). Steals: 13
(E Brown 7, Wallace 2, A Smith, Hasenmyer,
Jackson, Viglione).
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Texas Tech         28   33  -   61
Texas              45   27  -   72
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 10,645. Officials:
Marla Denham, Larry Dewitt, Wesley Dean.

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