Texas Tech Routs Kansas State, 74-55
March 3, 1999
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texas Tech's Rene Hanebutt figured she was slumping from long range. Too bad for Kansas State that Hanebutt picked Wednesday's Big 12 tournament quarterfinal to wake up.
"It was really a disappointment that I went 4-for-17 (from 3-point range) the other night against Texas," Hanebutt said, referring to the No. 9 Lady Raiders' 20-point victory over Texas Saturday to finish the conference season.
"I shot well enough today to help the post and then open up the floor," she said.
Hanebutt's 26 points, 21 coming on 7-of-13 3-point shooting, helped top-seeded Tech roll over Kansas State 74-55 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. The Lady Raiders had a first-round bye.
Five of Hanebutt's long-range shots came in the first half as Texas Tech (26-3) built a 38-30 lead.
Her hot hand from outside forced Kansas State (15-13) to abandon its zone defense, allowing Tech's Angie Braziel and Keitha Dickerson to get loose under the basket.
Dickerson finished with 13 points and Braziel had 11.
Texas Tech led by as many as 26 points in the second half as the Wildcats struggled to find rhythm on offense.
"We just did not start the game making the mental decisions we needed to in the zone," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "A huge priority going in was to extend and defend Rene. We just didn't do that."
Angie Finkes scored 17 points, and Olga Firsova had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas State, which made only three 3-pointers.