Rene Hanebutt led
Tech over Kansas.
Women's Hoops Claims Big 12 championship
Tech routs Kansas.
March 7, 1998 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rene Hanebutt hit five of six 3-point shots and
scored 21 points Saturday night, leading No. 6 Texas Tech to a 71-53 victory
over Kansas for the championship of the Big 12 women's tournament.
Alicia Thompson, the tournament's most valuable player, added 14 points and
Hanebutt handed out six assists as the Lady Raiders (25-4) earned the
conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Jennifer Jackson scored six straight points in an 11-2 run as Kansas (21-8)
cut Texas Tech's 18-point lead to 42-33 with just under 11 1/2 minutes left. But
Thompson responded with two quick baskets in the next minute and Katrisa O'Neal
followed with a steal and layup as Texas Tech put together an 11-1 run for a
Hanebutt's fourth 3-pointer put Texas Tech up 58-37 with 7:08 remaining.
After that, Kansas never got closer than 13 points.
Texas Tech's Angie Braziel missed about 5 1/2 minutes early in the second half
after taking an elbow in the nose from Lynn Pride as the Kansas player scored
on a follow shot. After scoring 13 points on 11-for-16 shooting in the first
half, Braziel didn't score again.
Jaclyn Johnson led Kansas with 17 points, while Pride had 14 points and nine
Braziel and Pride were also named to the all-tournament team, along with
Cheri Edwards of Oklahoma State and Iowa State's Stacy Frese.
Kansas shot just 36 percent from the field and was 1-for-10 from 3-point
range. The Jayhawks were 8-for-30 in the first half, twice going without a
field goal for more than five minutes.