Lady Raiders Claim Big 12 Title!|
March 6, 1999
By STEVE BRISENDINE
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)-- Julie Lake scored 20 points, including four 3-pointers, as No. 9 Texas Tech beat No. 21 Iowa State 73-59 Saturday night to win its second straight Big 12 tournament championship.
Tournament MVP Angie Braziel added 17 points and 10 rebounds and Rene Hanebutt scored 14 for Tech (28-3), which trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half. All of Braziel's points and 12 of Hanebutt's - on four 3-pointers - came after the break.
Stacy Frese, who led Iowa State (22-7) with 14 points, hit a free throw with 4:40 left to cut Tech's lead to 58-53. But Hanebutt, who finished the tournament with 14 3-pointers in three games, hit three in a 15-2 run that gave the Lady Raiders a 73-55 lead.
Melinda Schmucker added three 3-pointers and 11 points for Texas Tech. Megan Taylor and Angie Welle each scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Iowa State.
Hanebutt, Lake, Frese and Taylor joined Braziel on the all-tournament team.
In the first half, Iowa State shot 52 percent from the field and held Braziel and Hanebutt to no field goals.
A 10-0 run, capped by Desiree Francis' basket with 5:04 left in the half, gave the Cyclones a 28-14 lead. But they managed only one more field goal before the half.
Schmucker's 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left, her third of the half, cut Iowa
State's lead to 32-27 at the break, and Braziel opened the second half with six
straight points to put Texas Tech up 33-32 with 17:27 left.