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Jan. 7, 1998

Lady Raiders Dominate Second Half to Beat Baylor 82-63

The Lady Raiders trailed Baylor for much of the first half Wednesday before going on a 10-2 run in the final 3:45 of the half and scored the first twelve points of the second half as they established a comfortable 17 point lead and went on to a 82-63 win.

Guards Melinda Schmucker and Katrisa O'Neal sparked the team by turning a pair of Bear turnovers into quick points in the middle of Tech's crucial first half spurt.

"I don't think that there's any question that (O'Neal) and Schmucker turned it around with intensity on defense," Coach Marsha Sharp said. "They shot through some passing lanes and made some layups."

Coach Sharp also got a key performance from her post players as Alicia Thompson, Angie Braziel, and Cara Gibbs combined for 51 points in the game. Thompson rang up her fifth double-double of the season scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Braziel and Gibbs scored 18 and 11 respectively.

"Our guards did a great job of finding our post players and the posts really attacked the basket when they got it inside," Sharp said.

Tech shot 74% from the field in the second half on their way to a season best 65% shooting.

The Lady Raiders improved their season record to 9-2 (2-0 in Big 12 play) and will travel to Austin to play Texas on Saturday.

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