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Mar. 15, 1997

Texas Tech Wins First Round Match-Up

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Marsha Sharp missed Friday's practice at Maples Pavilion prior to the Lady Raiders' first round NCAA Tournament game against Montana due to a migrane headache. On Saturday, Lady Griz guard Skylia Sisco almost made Texas Tech fans ill with a last-second scoop shot that rimmed-out to allow the Lady Raiders escape with a narrow 47-45 win.

Sharp and the Lady Raiders breathed a sigh of relief as junior forward Alicia Thompson scored on a 10-foot jump shot with 3:26 left in the game to give Tech a 47-34 lead. That 13-point lead was short-lived as the Lady Griz went on an 11-2 run to close out the game, aided by two three-point plays and a furious comeback bid.

"Montana did an outstanding job of coming back in the game," said Sharp, who recorded her 350th career win. "I thought when we had the 13-point lead, we would be able to hold themn off. I felt like we had some people who did battle down the stretch even though our shots weren't falling.

"Defense was the name of the game tonight. It was really tough to find an open shot. We haven't seen that many zone defenses this year. I did, however, think we played the best defense we played all year."

The win marked several milestones for the Lady Raiders, including the lowest point total ever in an NCAA Tournament game, the smallest margin of victory and the lowest offensive output of the year.

The Lady Raiders started the game well on the defensive end, holding Montana scoreless for the opening 4:10 before 6-foot-3 forward junior reserve forward Angella Bieber nailed a 10-foot jumper from the right baseline. After opening the game with a 5-0 lead, Tech went scoreless for the next 5:30 before a desperation 21-foot three-pointer by Thompson with less than one second left on the clock.

There were three ties before Tech pulled out to its biggest lead of the half at the final halftime margin of 23-18 on a Hanebutt three-pointer. Tech held the Lady Griz scoreless and went on an 8-0 run to end the half in the final 4:56. Only three Lady Raiders scored in the first half, with Thompson leading the way with 10 points. Montana did not attempt a free throw in the first half, while Tech went only 1-for-3 from the line, all by Thompson.

Texas Tech advances to play second-ranked Stanford, which won its first round game over Howard, 111-56. Vanessa Nygaard (6-1) led the Lady Cardinal with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while four other players scored in double figures. The only threat in the game for Stanford was an ankle injury to All-America senior guard Kate Starbird midway through the second half.

Stanford leads the series between the two teams, 4-2, but Tech won the last contest, 71-65, last season in Lubbock.

"Stanford has an outstanding team," said Sharp. "They are on a mission. We will have to do some special things to be able to play with them. We will come out on Monday and give it out best shot. They have a lot of great players on that team. They have people coming in and out and there really isn't alot of difference."

Monday's contest tips off at 9:06 p.m. PST and will be televised by ESPN.

NOTES:

Marsha Sharp earned her 350th career win.

Texas Tech was outrebounded 41-33 in the game and only four Lady Raiders scored in the game.

Rene Hanebutt had made a three-pointer in 18 consecutive games.

Alicia Thompson recorded her 37th-straight game scoring in double figures.

NCAA WOMENS BB
MONTANA (45)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Koss            40  9-15   0-0   2-9  2  1   19
Turner          21   0-2   0-0   1-3  1  0    0
Redpath         18   2-6   0-0   1-2  0  2    4
Sisco           38  1-10   2-3   0-4  7  4    4
Mcelmurry       28   4-7   0-0   1-1  1  1   12
Cooper          29   0-8   0-0   3-8  3  2    0
Bieber          19   3-5   0-0   1-7  1  1    6
Harrington       2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Weyler           3   0-2   0-0   0-2  0  0    0
Rasmussen        1   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Sackman          1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
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TOTALS         200 19-57   2-3  9-36 15 12   45
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Percentages: FG-.333, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
5-20, .250 (Koss 1-1, Sisco 0-3, Mcelmurry 4-6,
Cooper 0-8, Rasmussen 0-2). Team rebounds: 5.
Blocked shots: 4 (Koss 4). Turnovers: 14 (Koss 4,
Sisco 4, Bieber 3, Cooper, Redpath, Turner).
Steals: 8 (Koss 4, Cooper, Mcelmurry, Redpath,
Sisco).
TEXAS TECH (47)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Cockerell       18   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
Thompson        39  8-16   3-6   2-9  3  2   20
Lake            30   4-9   4-4   0-1  4  2   13
Parker          38   0-0   0-1   0-2  6  1    0
Hanebutt        38  4-18   0-1   1-6  0  2   12
Schmucker       12   0-1   0-0   0-2  1  1    0
Dickerson        5   0-1   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
Gibbs           20   1-4   0-0   3-8  0  3    2
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TOTALS         200 17-49  7-12  6-29 14 12   47
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Percentages: FG-.347, FT-.583. 3-Point Goals:
6-19, .316 (Thompson 1-2, Lake 1-4, Hanebutt
4-12, Schmucker 0-1). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked
shots: 1 (Parker). Turnovers: 11 (Thompson 5,
Parker 4, Dickerson, Lake). Steals: 10 (Hanebutt
4, Parker 4, Gibbs, Lake).
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Montana            18   27  -   45
Texas Tech         23   24  -   47
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Technical fouls: None. Officials: Doug Cloud,
Lisa Mattingly, Larry Gasser.

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