No. 6 Women's Hoops Advances Past Colorado, 76-60

Colorado guard Mandy Nightingale looks for an open teammate as Texas Tech guard Katrisa O'Neal puts on the defensive pressure.

Colorado guard Mandy Nightingale looks for an open teammate as Texas Tech guard Katrisa O'Neal puts on the defensive pressure.
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March 8, 2000

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Deep, rested teams with more talent generally win against tired opponents. That was the case Wednesday in No. 6 Texas Tech's 76-70 victory over Colorado in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's tournament.

Aleah Johnson scored 18 points as Tech built an early lead and cruised. Texas Tech (25-3) led by as many as 20 points in the first half before taking a 43-29 lead at halftime.

Colorado (10-19), with only eight players on its roster, appeared to run out of gas against the Lady Raiders. Colorado beat Missouri in the first round on Tuesday, while Texas Tech had not played in more than a week.

"It was a tough ball game," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "I thought we came out and played well in the first half. I was pleased with the intensity level. We went on a run midway through the first half where we got a bunch of 4- and 5-foot jumpers, because we were able to get out and run."

The Lady Raiders kept the margin between 12 and 18 most of the second half. Colorado managed to cut it to 61-52 with 6:50 left, but Tech responded with a quick seven-point run.

"I think our players did as good a job as they could have adjusting to Tech's quickness and speed in the short time they had to prepare," Colorado coach Ceal Barry said. "The first half is where we dug a hole, and then in the second, we adjusted. We threw the ball around a bit better and played pretty even in the second half."

Melinda Schmucker-Pharies scored 14 points in the first half for Texas Tech, including 4-for-4 on 3-point shots. She finished with 16. Amber Tarr added 11 and Keitha Dickerson grabbed 14 rebounds.

Colorado was led by Britt Hartshorn with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Sabrina Scott added 13 points and Mandy Nightingale had 11.



Sharp said her team has room for improvement in the semifinals. "I was a little disappointed with our intensity level in the second half," she said. "We didn't play as hard as we did in the first half. It seemed like we were playing just to hold the lead, rather than playing to get after somebody to win."


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