Jan. 14, 1998
Texas Tech Cruises to 74-48 Win
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders used a stifling defense Wednesday night to hold Oklahoma State to only nine points in the final 10 minutes of the first half and forced 15 Cowgirl first half turnovers on their way to a 16 point halftime lead.
Tech cruised to a 74-48 win over Oklahoma State, who came into Lubbock Municipal Coliseum unbeaten in Big 12 conference play.
Oklahoma State coach Dick Halderman credited the Tech defense with excellent anticipation and the ability to get a hand in the Cowgirlsi passing lanes.
"They lived for us to make the next pass and we didnit handle or attack their press very well," Halderman said. "Without question, Texas Tech is the best team in the conference. They just have more weapons than everyone else. I'm not sure we can defend them any better than we did."
Alicia Thompson was scoreless through the first 11 minutes of the first half, but scored her first six within 1:10 while sparking the Lady Raiders on the decisive run in the last nine minutes of the first half. Thompson led Tech with a game high 18 points and Angie Braziel pumped in another 17.
Cheri Edwards led Oklahoma State in scoring with 17 and Devon Magness had 11 before fouling out with 4:57 to go in the game.
Tech Coach Marsha Sharp said that she feels the press is as good a weapon for her teamis offensive as it is for the defense.
"I think the press gets us more up tempo," Sharp said. "I think when we press we are more aggressive on the offensive end. I think weire better when we're up tempo, when we get some steals and turn them into points on the offensive end."