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Texas Tech Downs Nebraska, 66-50

Texas Tech's Plenette Pierson drives to the basket against Nebraska.
Texas Tech's Plenette Pierson drives to the basket against Nebraska.

Jan. 17, 2001

Box Score

AP Sports Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. - Amber Tarr scored 18 points, and No. 9 Texas Tech took advantage of 33 turnovers in a 66-50 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.

Plenette Pierson scored 16 and Katrisa O'Neal added 10 points for the Lady Raiders (14-2, 5-0 Big 12), who have won five straight and nine of 10.

Nebraska (9-8, 1-3) was still reeling from its worse loss ever, an 89-46 blowout at No. 7 Iowa State on Saturday, and it showed early. The Huskers had 18 turnovers by halftime and tied the season high they set in losses to Creighton and Auburn.

Greichaly Cepero, Margaret Richards and Steph Jones scored nine points each to lead Nebraska. Jones also had nine rebounds, and Cepero finished with eight before fouling out with 6:33 left.

Tech didn't shoot particularly well, going 22-for-64 from the field, but the turnovers were too much for Nebraska to overcome. The Raiders scored 29 points off turnovers.

Tarr made a 3-pointer and Tanisha Ellison hit a pair of jumpers as Tech opened the second half with a 9-2 run to go up 44-26.

Nebraska used an 8-0 run, getting four points from Mitchell, to cut the lead to 56-40, but that was as close as it got.

The Huskers stayed in it early in the first half despite eight turnovers in the first 10 minutes. Nebraska's zone forced Tech to the outside, where the Raiders were just 7-for-20 to start the game.

After Nebraska's Monique Whitfield tied it at 17-all with a jump shot in the lane, the Huskers turned the ball over on eight of their next nine possessions, allowing Tech to go on a 14-0 run.

Pierson had seven points during the run, which started on a three-point play off a missed free throw.

Steph Jones' short jumper with 3:25 left before halftime ended a 5-minute, 39-second scoreless drought for Nebraska.



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