No. 9 Lady Raiders Run Past Texas A&M, 58-44|
Feb. 12, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp was upset with the Lady Raiders' sluggish performance.
"The only positives I can come up with are we won the game and we played good defense," Sharp said after the No. 9 Raiders beat Texas A&M 58-44 on Saturday.
"I was disappointed with the emotion we played with. When you come home, you like to get your people into it. I don't think we gave them very many chances to get up."
Plenette Pierson led three Lady Raiders in double figures with 15 points, but after early bursts in each half, Tech's enthusiasm seemed to wane.
"Give Texas A&M credit," Sharp said. "They tried to slow the game down as much as possible, and they did a nice job of following their game plan and making it a halfcourt game."
Leading 27-18 at the half, Tech (19-3, 8-3 Big 12) took command for good with an 13-4 burst in the opening minutes of the second half. Pierson did much of the damage, scoring four times inside and adding a free throw that helped push the Lady Raiders to a 40-22 lead with just more than 14 minutes remaining.
"We're going to have teams that slow it down," Pierson said. "We just have to adjust to it."
But the Lady Raiders had their problems. After Katrisa O'Neal's free throw with 11:41 remaining, Tech went scoreless for more than five minutes, allowing the Lady Aggies to pull within 44-32 on a pair of free throws by Meg Banahan.
A&M's scoring spree got Tech's attention. Pierson, O'Neal and Keitha Dickerson combined to score the Lady Raiders' next 15 points while Tech's defense silenced A&M en route to a 58-37 lead.
"When you hold someone to 58 points, it should be a good game," Texas A&M
coach Peggie Gillom said. "It was a positive note that we out-rebounded
somebody, but we couldn't put the ball in the basket."
Part of that was because of the Lady Raiders' defense, which limited A&M to 17-of-58 shooting and forced 26 turnovers.
"We just threw the ball right to them and had a lot of turnovers," Gillom said.
"They beat us to the spot a lot," added A&M's Jaynetta Saunders, who led the Lady Aggies with 11 points. "We weren't making the moves that we make every day in practice."
Dickerson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Tech, and Aleah Johnson added 10. Prissy Sharpe was the only other A&M player in double figures with 10.