Lady Raiders Hang on to Defeat SMU
November 23, 1998
DALLAS (AP) - Julie Lake scored 14 points, and No. 15 Texas Tech survived a second-half rally by Southern Methodist for a 72-67 victory Monday night.
Texas Tech (2-1) led 43-31 at halftime after shooting 51 percent, but went cold to start the second half.
The Lady Raiders scored only six points and had nine of their 20 turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the second half to let SMU back in the game. Texas Tech missed eight of its first 11 shots of the half, including six in a row.
SMU (1-2) scored 13 consecutive points during a five-minute stretch of the half and took a 51-49 lead on Jennifer Rigg's driving layup with 10:10 remaining.
Three Lady Raiders got in foul trouble during SMU's run. Keitha Dickerson, Rene Hanebutt and Angie Braziel sat down early in the second half after getting their third fouls.
Texas Tech went up by as many as eight points, but SMU pulled to 69-67 on two free throws by Jennifer Rigg with 40 seconds left. Braziel's goal on an inbounds pass after a timeout gave the Lady Raiders a 71-67 lead with 18 seconds left.
SMU's Karen Blair had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, but had trouble with defensive pressure by Hanebutt and Melinda Schmucker. Blair had 10 turnovers, including six in the first half.
Braziel had 13 points and seven rebounds for Texas Tech. Schmucker and Kristi Washington had 11 points apiece.
Rigg led SMU with 14 points. Claudia Brassard had 11 points and 14 rebounds.