Jan. 31, 1998
Second-Half Surge Lifts Stanford Past Texas Tech
Stanford outscored Texas Tech 50-35 in the second half of a battle of top ten teams and completed a sweep for the PAC-10 in the Big 12 / PAC-10 challenge by winning 80-71.
Olympia Scott scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Kristin Folkl came off the bench for 20 points and 13 boards as Stanford went on a tear in the final 9:53.
The Lady Raiders didn't have an answer for Stanford's inside game in the final 10 minutes, or for the shooting of Milena Flores. Flores ignited the surge with a three pointer at the 9:53 mark and closed the door on Tech with another three point basket with 2:08 to go which gave The Cardinal a 74-65 lead.
"I thought the threes and the play of Olympia Scott really made the game for Stanford," Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "If you don't take advantage of opportunities, they make you pay. They're going to take it and stick it in the hole."
Alicia Thompson's 20 points in the game equaled Folkl's for a game high, but the Stanford defense held Thompson without a field goal in the final 8:46.
Tech came out and scored the first four points of the second half to take a ten point advantage at 50-40. The game would slip away from the Lady Raiders after that, due in large part to Stanford's five second half three-pointers to go along with 21 rebounds in the final 30 minutes.
"We got on a little 9-0 run there and did the job," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "Earlier in the season when we were in a situation like that we just gave up. I think what was most important was mentally, when we made mistakes, we stuck with it."