Lady Raiders turned the lights out in LMC with a Big 12 Championship|
February 27, 1999
LUBBOCK, Tx - A crowd of 8,434 said goodbye to "The Bubble" and the Lady Raiders took home the nets as souvenirs following a 76-56 win over Texas Saturday night.
Texas Tech clinched sole possession of the Big 12 Championship and was awarded the championship trophy at the end of the team's final home game in its home for the last 21 years, Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Angie Braziel posted her tenth double double of the season with 13 rebounds and a game-high 31 points on the night. Rene Hanebutt scored 14 points and Keitha Dickerson pulled down 14 rebounds to help lift the Lady Raiders over the longtime conference rival Lady Longhorns.
Texas Tech never trailed in the game and extended their lead to 11 points at 37-28 by halftime. Texas got within 10 points from the 11:36 to the 9:54 mark of the second half, but could not get any closer as the Lady Raiders took their largest and game ending margin of 20 points with 1:02 to play.
Seniors Braziel, Hanebutt, Cara Gibbs and Julie Lake were honored in a pre-game ceremony. Lake and Gibbs had six points apiece in their final regular season home game. The four seniors combined for 57 of the teams 76 points.
Aleah Johnson came off the bench to score eight points in the game in just seven minutes of play.
All of the former Lady Raider players in attendance were honored in a ceremony at halftime. Also during halftime, the all-time Lady Raider team was announced and included Carolyn Thompson, Sheryl Swoopes, Krista Kirkland, Alicia Thompson and Hanebutt.