Lady Raiders Turn Back Cyclones
Tough defense limits Iowa State women to only nine first-half points.
January 20, 1999
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Angie Braziel led No. 6 Texas Tech with 14 points and the Lady Raiders' suffocating defense held No. 14 Iowa State to just nine first-half points on the way to a 71-47 victory Wednesday night.
Iowa State (13-2, 5-10 Big 12) missed nine of its first 10 shots and Tech (17-1, 6-0) six of its first nine in the opening 5:11.
Tech's dominating defense made the most of the situation, forcing 14 turnovers and contesting every pass to the post.
A 3-pointer by Melinda Schumucker with 15 minutes left sparked a 15-4 run by Tech. Keitha Dickerson had three layups to help the Lady Raiders build a 22-8 lead with 3:53 left in the half and led 28-9 at the break.
Desiree Francis led the Cyclones with four points in the half. Megan Taylor, who averages 17.8 points, was held scoreless. Taylor finished with seven points, hitting only 3-of-13 shots.
The first half drought included an eight-minute scoreless stretch.
Iowa State found its shooting eye in the second half, hitting 13-of-24 (54 percent) to finish at 30 percent (16-of-52). Braziel scored 12 points during a 25-15 run, giving Tech a 53-24 lead with 8:53 left.
Francis led the Cyclones with 16 points and Stacy Frese had 12.
Schumacher added 10 points and four steals for Tech.