No. 13 Texas Tech Falls To No. 17 Texas, 64-43|
Feb. 13, 2005
By JIM VERTUNO
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Tiffany Jackson got acupuncture before the game to soothe a sore left ankle, then scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead No. 17 Texas to a 64-43 win over No. 13 Texas Tech on Sunday, another key victory in the Longhorns' chase for a third straight Big 12 title.
Almost written out of the league race a month ago, the Longhorns (15-7, 8-3) find themselves in a four-way tie for second, one game behind Baylor.
Jackson recorded her fifth double-double in the last eight games, despite sitting for the first 11 minutes because of a swollen membrane around the joint in her ankle. The condition flared up Thursday.
Nina Norman scored 15 points before leaving the game with more than 13 minutes left with a sprained right ankle, and Heather Schreiber added 10 points for the Longhorns.
Erin Grant led Texas Tech (17-5, 8-3) with 10 points as the Lady Raiders struggled through a miserable 27 percent shooting performance. Tech went 0-12 from 3-point range.
The loss knocked The Lady Raiders out of a tie for first place in the conference standings. Tech hasn't won a Big 12 title since 2000.
Even with Jackson sitting down early, Texas opened up a 19-6 lead as Tech hit just two of its first 13 shots.
Annissa Hastings, who started in her place, snagged nine rebounds in the first half and Norman, the sparkplug of the offense with her quick bursts in transition, had 10 points as Texas took a 29-21 lead into the break.
Tech cut the lead to 31-25 before a 6-0 run behind baskets from Jackson, Norman and Schreiber.
Norman then hit a long 3-pointer just before the shot clock buzzer that made it 40-27, but she sprained her ankle when she landed on Grant's foot on the shot. Norman had to be carried off the court and didn't return until she came back to the bench on crutches with two minutes left.
Texas didn't miss a beat.
Coco Reed replaced Norman and hit Texas' next bucket with a short jumper in the lane. Jackson hit two tough shots in traffic, assisted on another with nifty lob pass to Shreiber and the Longhorns led 48-29 with 10 minutes to play.
Jackson, whose spin move seemed a step slow with the sore ankle on offense, consistently muscled her way through defenders for baskets. Defensively, she harassed Tech shooters in the post on defense, snatching up rebounds as Texas held the Lady Raiders to their lowest scoring output of the season.