No. 10 Texas Tech Falls to Texas
February 6, 1999
By JIM VERTUNO
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas coach Jody Conradt got tired of watching her team launch futile 3-pointers while trying to hold onto a double-digit lead against No. 10 Texas Tech.
Her solution? Give the ball to junior guard Edwina Brown and let her take over the game.
As her teammates went 2-of-14 from 3-point range, Brown scored 23 points on slashing drives to the basket and handed out 10 assists to lead the Longhorns to a 74-70 upset of the Red Raiders Saturday night.
Brown was 10-of-14 from the field and Texas (12-9, 6-5 Big 12) shot 51 percent.
"We didn't have an answer for Edwina Brown," said Tech coach Marsha Sharp. "She was the difference in the game with the things she made happen."
Brown's ball handling and scoring drives pulled Tech's defense off Texas' two freshman starters, forward Tracy Cook and center Rashunda Johnson. Cook and Johnson combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds.
"She (Brown) was so solid today, and she was really balanced," Conradt said.
Brown scored eight points in a 10-2 run at the end of the first half that sparked the Longhorns to a 33-25 lead they would extend to 48-35 in the second.
Tech (19-3, 8-2) rallied late and cut the lead to 62-59 on a 3-pointer by Rene Hanebutt with 3:46 left before Texas stretched its lead back to 66-59 on consecutive baskets by Johnson.
Tech again was able to cut the lead to 68-65 on a short jumper by Angie Braziel with 1:28 left before Texas sealed the game by making six of eight free throws over the final 70 seconds, including two by Brown.
Tech had one last opportunity when Melinda Schmucker hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to pull within 73-70. Tech was forced to foul Cook on the ensuing inbounds pass and she made one of two foul shots for the final margin.
Cook also grabbed eight rebounds and Dana Godfrey scored 10 points for Texas in front of 10,659 at the Frank Erwin Center, the largest crowd to watch a Big 12 Conference game this season.
Braziel led Tech with 19 points on 9-of-16 shooting but was held to four rebounds, half her average. Texas outrebounded Tech 38-34 and held a decisive 22-11 advantage at halftime.
"I felt we played real tentative in the first half and Texas played real aggressive," Sharp said.
It was Texas' first win over a Top 10 team since beating Tech 76-60 in 1996.