Lady Raiders Rout Nebraska
March 4, 1999
By STEVE BRISENDINE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)-- Nebraska shut down Texas Tech's top perimeter scorer after an early hot streak. The Lady Raiders, howver, had other weapons.
Angie Braziel scored 19 points and Julie Lake added 17 on Thursday night, leading No. 9 Texas Tech to a 77-59 victory over Nebraska in the semifinals of the Big 12 tournament.
"We had some players step up and make big plays, and that's what tournament play is all about," Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "Julie hit some big jumpers for us in the second half to help us keep a double-digit lead."
The top-seeded Lady Raiders (26-3), the defending tournament champions, saw a 17-point lead cut to five late in the first half but held fifth-seeded Nebraska to just one field goal and three points in the first 8:57 of the second.
"We had them back on their heels at the end of the first half with that run," said guard Nicole Kubik, who scored 19 points to lead Nebraska. "But that just means we need to come out in the first five minutes (of the second half) and keep doing those things, and we didn't."
Nebraska (21-11) also failed to take full advantage of technical fouls against Sharp and Braziel in the second half. The Cornhuskers converted on just two of the resulting four free throws and didn't score on either inbounds play.
Rene Hanebutt, who hit a tournament-record seven 3-pointers in Texas Tech's 74-55 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday, made her first three attempts against the Cornhuskers. But after her third, which put the Lady Raiders up 20-13 with 10:25 left in the first half, she missed her next four attempts and finished with 13 points.
"They were defending me pretty tough," said Hanebutt, who hit seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points in a 75-62 victory at Nebraska on Feb. 21. "They made it pretty tough for me to get my hands on the basketball."
Keitha Dickerson had 10 rebounds for Texas Tech, which outboarded the Cornhuskers 41-31.
"We really went to war on rebounding, especially on the defensive end," Sharp said. "I think that's a big reason why we won."
Amanda Went added a career-high 14 points for Nebraska.
A 15-4 run, capped by five straight points from backup center Cara Gibbs, gave Texas Tech a 32-15 lead with 4:56 left in the first half. But the Lady Raiders didn't manage another field goal for the rest of the half, allowing Nebraska to cut the lead to 37-32 by the break.