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Jan. 1, 1998

Texas Tech Scares Old Dominion, Loses 74-71

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Down 18 points moments into the second half in the most hostile environment it has faced this season, No. 2 Old Dominion might have been girding for its first loss.

Instead, Aubrey Eblin scored 16 of her 19 points in the second half Thursday, and Nyree Roberts added all but two of her 16 to lead the Lady Monarchs to a 74-71 victory at No. 6 Texas Tech.

"When Old Dominion was down 18 after the first shot of the second half, you just grit your teeth and try to get out of here licking your wounds," said Lady Monarchs coach Wendy Larry. She noted how the clamorous sellout crowd of 8,174 was making life even tougher.

Instead, Old Dominion (9-0) came alive offensively while holding Tech (7-2) scoreless from the field for an 8:41 span in the second half. By the 6:04 mark, the Lady Monarchs had built an eight-point lead of their own.

Rene Hanebutt's three free throws in the waning moments got Tech to 73-71. After Mery Andrade's foul shot with 10 seconds left, Tech's Alicia Thompson missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Thompson finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

"I don't think we attacked the basket when we should have," she said. "We let up and didn't play hard in the second half."

Andrade scored 18 points for Old Dominion, and was the Lady Monarchs' only first-half threat from the field, scoring seven points.

Roberts' inside play and Eblin's perimeter shooting were key to Old Dominion's 49-point second-half surge.

"There was a stretch when I was hot, but everyone else really picked it up in the second half," Roberts said after Larry credited her for the comeback. "It seemed that (Tech) didn't shoot at will in the second half. They thought about it before they shot the ball."

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