Women's Basketball Captures its 12th Straight Victory
January 6, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Rene Hanebutt fired away from outside and Angie Braziel was devastating inside.
The combination was more than Oklahoma could handle Wednesday night, as No. 7 Texas Tech captured its 12th straight victory 93-69. It's the Lady Raiders' best start since the 1993-94 season.
Hanebutt scored a career-high 30 points, including a school-record seven 3-pointers, and Braziel chipped in 25 points inside and pulled down 11 rebounds.
"I really had a good rhythm tonight," Hanebutt said. "I felt that if I had the opportunity to shoot it, chances are it was going to go down. We really came out in the second half with a different focus. That was the difference in the ball game."
Texas Tech (13-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) also got 10 points and 11 rebounds from Cara Gibbs.
Stacey Dales led Oklahoma (6-6, 0-2) with 28 points. Phylesha Whaley, who entered the game averaging 19.3 points, finished with nine. The Sooners shot 43 percent from the field to 51 percent for Tech.
The Lady Raiders' lead was 55-42 lead with 10 minutes to play when Hanebutt made two free throws to start a 12-4 run. She hit consecutive 3-pointers that opened up a 70-49 advantage with 6:29 remaining.
"Texas Tech was terrific in the second half," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "I thought we played very well in the first half. In the second half, we looked like a young basketball team. Texas Tech looked like a team that had gone to the NCAA tournament many times."
Oklahoma cut Tech's 34-31 halftime lead to one after Dales' basket 53 seconds into the second period. Tech responded with a 19-6 run, and the Sooners couldn't get back into the game.
"They took the wind out of us. From then on, it was downhill," Whaley said.
Hanebutt and Brazil scored 39 of Tech's 59 second-half points.