Second-Half Surge Puts Lady Raiders on Top against Kansas State
January 9, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - With seventh-ranked Texas Tech trailing by 13 points with 7:25 remaining, Keitha Dickerson took matters into her own hands.
Dickerson scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the second half, sparking the Lady Raiders (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) to a 73-60 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.
Dickerson scored a career-high 21 points, leading four Texas Tech players in double figures. Angie Braziel added 16 points, Rene Hanebutt 12 points and Katrisa O'Neal 10 points and nine steals.
"I went out and buckled down," Dickerson said. "We couldn't let them come in and beat us on our own floor."
Kansas State (8-5, 1-2) led 52-45, but Texas Tech went on a 22-2 run, capped by Melinda Schmucker's steal and layup with 50 seconds left. Dickerson and Braziel scored six points each during the run.
Kristin Rethman led Kansas State with 15 points. Olga Firsova added 10 points for the Wildcats, who outrebounded Texas Tech 40-32 but also committed 32 turnovers against the Lady Raiders' pressure defense.
"I've know all along Big 12 play wasn't going to be easy," Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said.
"I didn't know it was going to be like this every night. The defense created the win for us in the second half. They turned the ball over against our pressure, and we came down and got some better looks at the basket."
Kansas State, which shot 46 percent for the game, hit eight of its first 10 shots and held a 20-14 lead at the 9:45 mark in the first half. The Wildcats led 29-27 at the half.
"It was an encouraging feeling," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said of her team's ability to take a double-digit lead. "But in the back of my mind, we knew Texas Tech would keep coming after us.
"You expect a championship-caliber team to stay in the game up until the final buzzer. I felt that Texas Tech stepped up."
Kansas State outscored Texas Tech 15-6 through the first seven minutes of the second half, building a 44-31 cushion after back-to-back 3-pointers by Rethman.