Jan. 24, 1998
Lady Raiders Defeat Kansas
LUBBOCK, Texas. - Texas Tech withstood a late charge by Kansas and managed to hold off the visiting Jayhawks, 72-56.
The Lady Raiders had 9-0 and 10-0 runs in the first nine minutes of the first half of Saturday nights game versus Kansas to build a 38-18 halftime lead. That margin would prove to be vital as Kansas cut Tech's lead to 44-36 with 11:32 remaining in the second half, but the Raiders would not allow the Jayhawks to get within eight. Julie Lake scored 10 of her game high 17 points in the final period to help Tech keep Kansas at bay.
"I think when people are trying to take our inside game away, those two (Lake and Renee Hanebutt) have to make some shots for us," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "I thought that was the key, our start, and then we just hung in there in the second half."
Renee Hanebutt sparked the Lady Raiders first half outburst by converting all five of her first half field goal attempts, including four three point baskets. Also, a scrappy Tech defense held Kansas to six points through the first 14 minutes of the game.
"I thought we were as good as we can be in the first 10 minutes," Sharp said. "We went an awfully good basketball team and we got some good looks at it and knocked it down most of the time."
Senior All-America candidate Alicia Thompson recorded her seventh double-double of the season and the 37th of her career with 14 points and 12 rebounds.