Women's Basketball Rolls Over Oklahoma St., 82-29|
Jan. 21, 2001
By PAM EASTON
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech's freshmen got plenty of playing time Sunday, thanks to a dominating defensive performance in the first 20 minutes.
The ninth-ranked Lady Raiders held Oklahoma State to just eight points in the first half en route to winning 82-29, Texas Tech's nation-leading 39th straight home victory.
Tech coach Marsha Sharp liberally used her reserves, including six first-year players.
"I was really trying to encourage them and help them in live action to get a feel for what was going on," Sharp said. "I felt like we haven't had a 40-minute effort. I wanted us, no matter what was going on on the scoreboard, to put together a complete effort."
There was one down point Sunday for Tech - starter Amber Tarr dislocated her knee cap early in the game. She has averaged 11.5 points this season.
"It doesn't look like it will be season ending, so hopefully we'll get her back in the next few weeks," Sharp said. "We are going to have to have some people step up in the meantime."
The Lady Raiders limited Oklahoma State to 8-of-45 shooting from the floor, and forced 26 turnovers that led to 28 points. Texas Tech also outrebounded Oklahoma State 51-31.
"Texas Tech was so focused and so determined that they took us out of anything that we wanted to do," Oklahoma State coach Dick Halterman said.
"I'm pretty much embarrassed about the way our kids played. Just watching the two teams come out of the locker room, it looked like maybe Texas Tech thought we would give them a good game."
But Tech (15-2, 6-0 Big 12) led 45-8 at halftime, the lowest point total
ever for a Lady Raiders' opponent at the half. Katrisa O'Neal outscored
Oklahoma State by herself with 10 points by the break. Freshman Jia Perkins led
Tech with 19 points overall.
"They just blew right by us and they were a lot more focused on what was going on than we were," Halterman said.
The Cowgirls (9-8, 1-5) were led by Jessica Spinner's nine points.
Texas Tech led 12-0 after 5 1/2 minutes, when Oklahoma State's Shelby Hutchens finally broke the drought. Then, after a 3-pointer by Oklahoma State's Kara Faulk with 13:27 left in the half, Tech closed the period with a 27-1 run.
It took until 16:28 of the second half for Oklahoma State to hit double digits - a 3-pointer by Spinner prompted Tech's student section to chant "double digits" and wave red and white balloons.
It was Oklahoma State's first basket since a free throw with 8:49 left in the first half.
With just more than eight minutes left, Tech padded its lead to 47 points. That's when the Lady Raiders' freshmen took the court.
"We needed them to have some extended time so they could get ready for our next few games," Sharp said.