No. 6 Texas Tech Holds on to Beat Texas A&M, 68-65|
January 13, 1999
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Coach Marsha Sharp knows her Texas Tech Lady Raiders didn't deserve their victory over unheralded Texas A&M.
Angie Braziel had 29 points and 17 rebounds and Rene Hanebutt sank a pair of free throws in the final seconds Wednesday as No. 6 Texas Tech held on to beat Texas A&M 68-65.
"We were the David and they were the Goliath," said A&M head coach Peggie Gillom. "But David didn't come through tonight. I'm proud of these girls. I told them to believe we could win this game tonight."
The Lady Raiders (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) led the entire game, including 35-27 at halftime, but could never pull away from A&M (6-8, 1-3).
Prissy Sharpe, who led the Lady Aggies with 20 points, hit a 3-pointer with 5:06 to cut Texas Tech's lead to 64-62.
After a Hanebutt free throw, Sharpe missed a 3-point attempt with 15 seconds left. Braziel hit a free throw to give Tech a 66-62 lead before Sharpe hit another 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left.
"I would like to say it was all in rhythm," Sharpe said. "But luck had to play a role in it. I put it up, and I thank the Lord it fell."
Hanebutt then put the game away by making two free throws with 4.1 seconds to go.
"I want to give A&M credit," Sharp said. "They played hard, and I was impressed with their basketball team. They hustled until the end. The team that won tonight didn't deserve to win."
Hanebutt scored 13 points for Tech, while Keitha Dickerson grabbed 12 rebounds.
Kera Alexander added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Aggies, while
Brandy Jones added 11 points and seven rebounds