No. 15 Texas Tech Topples No. 13 Baylor, 83-63|
Jan 16, 2002
By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech stopped a streak and averted an unwelcome record with a convincing 83-63 victory Wednesday night over Baylor.
Jia Perkins scored 20 points to lead No. 15 Tech. It's big halftime lead was enough to withstand a late surge by No. 13 Baylor.
"We're thrilled to get the win," said Tech coach Marsha Sharp. "We really needed to do that. It was important for a lot of reasons. We won a conference game, and we got back on track and feel a little better about what is going on."
The Lady Raiders ended a three-game losing streak and kept Tech's record books safe from an unprecedented four-game league losing streak.
Going into Wednesday night's game, Tech (10-5, 2-3 Big 12) had dropped the past three games to Big 12 teams Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The last time Tech dropped three league games in a row was in 1986-1987 when the Southwest Conference was still around.
Tech led 48-26 at the break, and extended its advantage to 30 points. But Baylor (13-3, 1-3) got within 15 in the final seven minutes.
Baylor played much of the game without coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson, issued back-to-back technicals and ejected.
With a little more than eight minutes left in the first half, Mulkey-Robertson argued with referee Jeff Caudle - while outside the coaches box - about what she believed was a foul that was not called. When she continued to argue and remain outside the box, Caudle gave her a second technical and Mulkey-Robertson was ejected.
"I don't know what effect it had," said Sheila Lambert, who scored nine of her 24 points in a 23-6 spurt in the second half. "It might have affected some players and not affected some others. When things happen like that, we need to pull together as a team. I don't think we did that."
Steffanie Blackmon and Danielle Crockrom added 13 points apiece for Baylor.
Mulkey-Robertson said her team lacked drive.
"In the first 10 minutes of the game, I don't think one kid on my team showed any heart or was ready to play," she said.
Perkins, who had a third straight game with 20 or more points, said the technicals gave the team a lift.
"I just think after that we were able to keep after them," she said. "At the same time, they might have been down, so we just kept the pressure up against them."