No. 4 Lady Raiders Stop No. 7 Stanford, 55-46|
Dec 21, 2003
By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Alesha Robertson made the most of her first start.
She scored 18 points Sunday to help No. 4 Texas Tech beat No. 7 Stanford 55-46 and set a school record for its best start. The Lady Raiders (11-0) started the 1999-00 season with 10 consecutive wins.
Robertson, a freshman and Tech's second leading scorer, opened the game with two great defensive plays.
"Starting today was really special to me," she said. "I was glad about how the first two minutes went because I got a couple of steals and that gave me some confidence. It went good from there on out."
Jametra Clark scored 11 points and Jia Perkins added nine for Texas Tech. Kristen Newlin scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Suminski and Sebnem Kimyacioglu added eight each for the Cardinal.
Texas Tech never trailed, building its largest lead at 36-25 on a drive by Erin Grant early in the second half. Stanford (7-2) drew to 38-36 on a layup by Kelley Suminski with 10:31 left but Tech pulled away.
The Lady Raiders used a 15-2 run in a six-minute span that included 3-pointers by Robertson and Natalie Ritchie and five points by Clark to lead 53-38 with 4:53 remaining.
"I think one of the biggest strengths of this team is we have a lot of
different looks and a lot of different matchups," Sharp said. "We felt like
there were some things we could do with the matchups that would be effective
Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer said the ability of Tech's players to work together is apparent.
"Great teams do not surprise you. You know what to expect," she said. "They pass the ball well. They're well coached. Their players really complement each other."
Stanford's top scorer Nicole Powell injured her left ankle with 6:18 to go in the first half and left the game. She was hurt dribbling up the right side when Texas Tech's Casey Jackson stepped on the outside of her foot.
VanDerveer said Powell's ankle was "pretty swollen" but the team is off the next few days.
"When you take away a player who scores 20 points a game, handles the ball and is one of your top defenders, it does change things," VanDerveer said. "But I thought we responded well."
Texas Tech had managed to neutralize Powell. When she left she hadn't scored and had committed four turnovers. The Cardinal finished with 22 turnovers and shot just 19-for-60.
Texas Tech led 30-21 at halftime, fueled by a 10-1 run to lead 18-8 with 9:21 remaining.