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Feb. 28, 1998

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Sixth-ranked Texas Tech is taking nothing for granted.

The Red Raiders held on for a 67-62 win over Kansas State on Saturday in an unexpectedly tough game.

Next up is the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, beginning Tuesday.

"We need to play well throughout to make it through the NCAA's," said Tech coach Marsha Sharp. "The Big 12 tournament is important to see how we play."

Brit Jacobson of Kansas State had 10 points in her last regular-season game to go over 1,500 points in her career.

"I am sad, but happy. It was great to play Texas Tech the way we did today," Jacobson said after the Wildcats led 39-35 at the half before losing their shooting touch in the second half.

"I feel good about it. Coming into the game, I knew I was going to be emotional and I was."

Alicia Thompson scored 27 points to lead the Red Raiders.

Thompson had nine rebounds for Tech (22-4, 15-1), and Angie Braziel scored 22 points for Tech.

Kansas State (10-16, 4-12) shot 65 percent in the first half to take the lead, but made just 29 percent of its field goal attempts in the second half.

The Wildcats were just 1-of-9 on 3-point shots in the second half.

Kansas State started the game on an 11-0 run. The Wildcats were within 65-62 with 11 seconds left, but Kim Woodlee missed an off-balance 3-point shot. Tech's Melinda Schmucker then made two free throws to put the game away.

The Wildcats had started the game in a full-court press.

"I thought we had to mix it in and out because you can only contain Thompson and Braziel for so long," Patterson said. "It rattled them just enough and took them off beat just enough."

The Red Raiders had 10 turnovers in the first half.

"Give K-State credit - they came out and played well," Sharp said. "They did some things that show they deserve to be in the league. We just battled our way back to pull out a win."

Angie Finkes scored 23 points to lead Kansas State.

"Today we went toe-to-toe with the No. 1 team in the league," Finkes said. "Now going into the Big 12 tournament, we feel we are ready to play anybody."

Jacobson had seven rebounds and nine assists in the game.

"The first half was as good as we have played," said Wildcats coach Deb Patterson. "It is refreshing because we played with intensity and focus. It is encouraging to head into the Big 12 tournament on this note."




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