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Texas Tech Faces Texas In Big 12 Tournament Quarterfinals




March 7, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Texas tries to bolster its NCAA Women's tournament chances and give coach Jody Conradt another milestone victory as it battles Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

The seventh-seeded Longhorns (20-11) may be on the bubble for an at-large bid to the field of 64 because of their sub-.500 conference record. Texas has a 5-5 record against ranked opponents this season but did close the regular season with a pair of losses to Top 25 teams, including a 76-60 home loss to Texas Tech on Feb. 28.

But Conradt's team bounced back with a 77-60 victory over 10th-seeded Nebraska in the first round Tuesday. Kaira White scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half as the Longhorns scored the first 14 points of the game and never trailed.

Conradt, in her 25th season at Texas, is going for her 650th win with the Longhorns. She is the all-time winningest coach in women's basketball history with a lifetime record of 766-246.

The Lady Raiders (22-5) received a bye as the second seed in the tournament. Texas Tech has won its last three games, including a 68-60 triumph over then-No. 10 Iowa State last Wednesday. Jia Perkins scored 21 points and had a key basket late in the game after the Cyclones had closed within two points as Texas Tech secured second place in the conference.

"A (14-point) lead in Big 12 play is not very much," Lady Raiders coach Marsha Sharp said. "You are still going to have to make a basket on every possession because if you let them, they are going to stick a dagger in your heart."

The teams split the season series, with the road team winning both times. Texas eliminated Texas Tech from the Big 12 tournament last season, recording a 68-50 win in the semifinals. The Longhorns lead the all-time series 46-16.



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