Lady Raiders score record 131 points|
November 4, 1998
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders scored a team record 131 points as the defeated the Houston Jaguars in their season opening exhibition game Wednesday night.
Angie Braziel led seven Lady Raiders in double figures with 28 points as Texas Tech won 131-76.
Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said the fast paced game was indicative of the kinds of athletes on this seasons team and reflects an aggressive attitude her team has shown in pre-season workouts.
"Im pleased that we were able to put up as many points as we did," Sharp said. "We have put so much emphasis on running the break. I was interested to see if they were as anxious to pull the trigger in a game as they do in practice and they did. I was pleased that they pushed it so hard and only had 12 turnovers."
A hot start from beyond the three-point arc opened up a healthy lead early in the game. Guards Julie Lake, Rene Hanebutt and Melinda Schmucker each hit key tres as the team shot .545 from three-point range in the first half.
In her Lady Raider debut, Aleah Johnson scored 21 points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes of action. Braziel posted a double-double with 12 rebounds to go with her 28 points.
Also scoring in double figures were Lake with 19, Hanebutt with 16, Keitha Dickerson and Katrisa O'Neal with 14, and Kristi Washington with 10.
Schmucker led the team with eight assists.
The Lady Raiders shot .560 from the field in the game while holding the Jaguars to a mark of .414.
*Tonight's 131 points marked the most points scored by a Lady Raider team in both regular season, NCAA and exhibition games. The previous high was a 125-48 defeat of Central State on 1/18/80.
*Seven Lady Raiders scored in double figures tonight.
Quoting Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp "I am pleased that we were able to score as many points that we did. We emphasized running and running the break and we did that. I was worried about us pulling the trigger but we came through. They did exactly what we told them to do. I was disappointed in our rebounding and our transition defense but that is what you learn from in games like this. You've got to take this back to the practice court and improve upon it. I think we probably play more man-to-man defense this year than we have in the last 10 years. We have more speed than we have ever had and are very aggressive. I don't think there are four post players in the country that can run the floor like group. We will have to use that to our advantage. We are very athletic when we go to our bench. We can put in a defensive team or a shooting team and I like those options."
Quoting Texas Tech's Aleah Johnson "I knew I had to come out and perform. I thought we played well and that the teamclicked. I just try to do the things Coach Sharp wanted me to do. Shes a great motivator. I wasn't very nervous and to be honest I was more worried about that than anything."
Quoting Texas Tech's Angie Braziel
"I thought we came out tonight and got a lot of things going. We went to work and got things done especially on the offensive side of the ball. (On her role without Alicia Thompson): Actually we have good shooters on the outside and we work together as a team so I think the burden lies on the whole team. I was comfortable shooting the ball tonight and was able to step up my game. Things went well for me."