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Dec. 29, 1997

No. 6 Texas Tech Defeats Southern Methodist, 78-55

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp was worried her sixth-ranked Lady Raiders wouldn't be ready for Southern Methodist.

It didn't take long for the team to prove Sharp wrong.

Angie Braziel had 26 points and eight rebounds Monday night as Texas Tech jumped on the Lady Mustangs early and cruised to a 78-55 victory over SMU.

Braziel helped the Lady Raiders (7-1) dominate SMU inside while Rene Hanebutt struck from the perimeter for 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Hanebutt also grabbed 14 rebounds.

"I was concerned about SMU beforehand, but we got off to a great start and continued to play well," Sharp said. "Angie had a great night offensively. Renee put the nail in the coffin with her outside shooting. She ... had her most complete game of the season."

It was Texas Tech's 22nd straight victory over SMU (7-3) and its 93rd victory in 97 home games overall.

The Lady Mustangs, who struggled throughout the game against Texas Tech's match-up zone, got 14 points each from forward Karlin Kennedy and guard Nici Johnson.

Texas Tech hit nine of its first 18 shots and led 36-23 at halftime.

The Lady Raiders padded that with a 15-5 run in the first five minutes of the second half. Hanebutt had eight points during the spurt, including a pair of 3-pointers, while Braziel added six and Tech led 51-28 with 15:03 remaining. SMU never threatened after that.

"I'm extremely disappointed in our effort," said SMU coach Rhonda Rompola. "We were very tentative on offense. On defense, their post players took it to us in the paint. This is not the effort I expected. We came in and played scared."

Texas Tech also got 15 points and eight rebounds from Alicia Thompson.

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