Women's Basketball Clinches Big 12 Title|
Feb. 25, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The 8,174 that turned out for the Lady Raiders final home game on Wednesday night knew coming in that it would be a special night at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. Tech was looking for it's 15th conference victory to clinch a Big 12 title on Senior Night at the Coliseum and Alicia Thompson was looking for her 2,000th career point.
With 5:19 to go in the first half Thompson went to the free throw line for a one-and-one and made both ends -- her 1,999 and 2,000 points. Thompson's free throws gave the Raiders a 37-19 edge and though their was more than 25 minutes left to be played in the game Tech's main objective, a Big 12 regular season Championship, looked to be well in hand.
"I felt very appreciative to have a great squad to help me," Thompson said of her career mark. "They were unselfish and it belongs to them as well. We went well with the pressure and we matured as a team and that helped us to focus and go forward with the championship run."
Thompson finished with game highs in points and rebounds with 29 and 14, and Angie Braziel added 21 points allowing the Lady Raiders to empty the bench on their way to an 87-62 win. The two Raider post players riddled the Nebraska defense in the first half scoring 31 of Tech's 45 points in the first 20 minutes.
"(Braziel and Thompson) killed us in the first half," Nebraska coach Paul Sanderford said. "We were trying to double. We would be getting good position and doubling down on Thompson and Braziel would kill us."
Following a post game celebration, Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp stressed the difficulty of winning and the importance of obtaining the Big 12 regular season Championship.
"Every championship that you win is great and you are proud to get them," Sharp said. "This has been the hardest conference race day in and day out. This has been the best championship team I've ever coached. We have had to face every defense and situation and I think this will prepare us for whatis ahead."