Texas Tech Opens Defense Of Big 12 Tourney Title Against Colorado Wednesday
March 7, 2000
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech has had little trouble winning the last two Big 12 Conference tournaments. Colorado is not expected to be a stumbling block.
The sixth-ranked Lady Raiders play their quarterfinal matchup against a team which they have dominated in recent years when they face the Buffaloes on Wednesday in Kansas City.
Texas Tech (24-3), which shared the Big 12 regular-season championship with Iowa State and Oklahoma, has coasted to the last two conference tournament titles. Only one of its six victories during that span has been by less than 14 points.
Easy wins have been the theme lately when the Lady Raiders battle the Buffaloes. Colorado has lost the last four meetings in this series by an average of 27 points, including an 80-49 defeat in the quarterfinals of the 1997 Big 12 Tournament.
Texas Tech is the second seed here after ending the regular season with six straight wins and 12 in their final 13, a stretch sparked by a 75-50 rout of the Buffaloes on Jan. 12.
The Lady Raiders clinched a share of their third straight Big 12 championship in impressive fashion, posting a 105-52 season-ending victory over Baylor.
"I don't think you could draw it up any better than this," coach Marsha Sharp said after the win.
Aleah Johnson scored 22 points in that triumph and leads the Lady Raiders with 14.6 points per game.
The tenth seed Colorado (9-18) upended seventh-seeded Missouri, 83-68, Tuesday's first round.
Jenny Roulier led the Buffaloes during the regular season with 14.8 points per game, while Britt Hartshorn averaged 13.4 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds.
The winner of this contest will meet either 18th-ranked Oklahoma or Texas in the semifinals.