Lady Raiders Set For Big 12 Championship
March 14, 2003
* Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Tournament *
The Lady Raiders
Scouting the Opponent
On the year, Stephens paces the Longhorns in scoring with a 14.8 average followed by Schreiber at 13.6 and junior Jamie Carey at 10.8. Stephens is the top rebounder as she is averaging 8.9 boards per contest. Carey leads the team in assists with 86, while Stephens and sophomore Kala Bower both have a team-high 49 steals. Stephens is also the top shot blocker with 30 blocks. Texas is shooting 43.9 percent from the field, 40.8 percent from three-point range and 69 percent from the charity stripe. Jody Conradt is in her 27th year at the helm of the Longhorns establishing a record of 695-201. She is also in her 34th year as a head coach with a career record of 812-263.
This Year vs. Texas
Stacy Stephens had 16 of her 20 points in the second half, and Heather Schreiber had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Texas snapped Tech's 15-game winning streak and stayed in first place in the conference. Jia Perkins and Plenette Pierson led Texas Tech with 16 points each.
The Longhorns led for the entire game but didn't have it secured until clutch free-throw shooting in the final minute.
Stephens, 1-of-8 from the floor in the first half, hit her first three shots after the break in a scoring outburst that gave the Longhorns a 36-25 lead. Schreiber, who also had a tough shooting night, made up for it with tenacious rebounding and two key baskets in the final four minutes.
Texas led 54-51 before Schreiber turned around Pierson with a slick spin move in the lane and scored. She followed it with another layup to give the Longhorns a 58-51 cushion with 3:33 to play.
The Lady Raiders, who committed 20 turnovers, had to resort to send-ing Texas to the foul line in the final minute. The Longhorns hit eight free throws to seal it. The Longhorns also dominated the rebounding, 46-36. March 2, 2003 - Jamie Carey hit a 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds remaining and scored five points in the last 30 seconds to lead No. 10 Texas to a 70- 67 victory over Texas Tech.
Carey finished with 17 points and Nina Norman scored 16 for Texas, which led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but had to hold on the win. Stacy Stephens and Heather Schreiber each added 11 points. Plenette Pierson scored 22 points and Jia Perkins added 18 for Texas Tech, which shot 28-for-70.
Texas Tech stormed back from a double-figure deficit in the second half, but was never able to overtake Texas.
Carey hit a 3-pointer with less than 30 seconds left, intercepted Tech's ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled. She made two free throws to give Texas a 70-65 lead with 10.7 seconds remaining.
Pierson scored from close range 3.5 seconds remaining, cutting the deficit to two points, but Tech was unable to get another shot. Texas opened the second half with an 11-2 run in the first 2:30 to take a 46-34 lead at the 17:33 mark.
Tech countered with 11 unanswered points, including five from Miklannet Tennal, to close within 46-45 at the 11:15 mark.
Texas led by as many as six points in the first half and led 35-32 at halftime.
After Tech closed within 28-27 with 3:43 remaining on a three-point play by Cisti Greenwalt, Texas responded with a pair of free throws by Nina Norman for a 30-27 lead with just over three minutes left.
Jametra Clark countered with a 10-foot jumper for Tech that made it 30- 29. Texas then got two free throws from Stephens and a 3-pointer from Carey that pushed the lead to 35-29.
Last Time vs. Out
The Lady Raiders move on to face top-seeded Texas in Saturday's final. Texas Tech hasn't advanced to the league final since 1999, when the Lady Raiders beat Iowa State to win their second-straight Big 12 title. Texas Tech (25-4) trailed for most of the game, but started to come back after Kansas State center Nicole Ohlde picked up her third and fourth fouls in a four-second span. She was taken out of the game with 10:11 left and didn't return until nearly seven minutes later.
When Ohlde left, the game was tied at 52. That's when Tech started the game-turning surge.
Pierson scored with 7:23 left to break a 55-55 tie, then fought for a rebound on defense and Jametra Clark scored on the next possession to put the Lady Raiders up by four.
With 2:46 remaining, Pierson scored on a beautiful up-and-under move to give Texas Tech a 66-61 lead. Kansas State (28-3) never got any closer than three points down the stretch.
Pierson also finished with 11 rebounds.
It was Texas Tech's second win over Kansas State in the past seven days. Texas Tech won the regular season finale between the two 73-64 last week, snapping the Wildcats' nine-game win streak and preventing them from winning their first Big 12 title.
In the first half, Kansas State used its height advantage at nearly every position to keep the Lady Raiders from penetrating into the lane. The Wildcats also outrebounded the Lady Raiders 21-9.
But Ohlde's fourth foul early in the second half seemingly deflated her teammates as they struggled to work the ball inside and couldn't keep Pierson from dominating in the post.
Ohlde fouled out with 20 seconds left.
Megan Mahoney led Kansas State with 24 points and 10 rebounds.
Kendra Wecker added 20 points and nine rebounds, while Ohlde had 15 points and eight rebounds.
Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp
Sharp was also the head coach of the 2002 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Women Qualifying Team, which won the gold medal in Brazil.
A 1974 graduate of Wayland Baptist University, Sharp was named the National Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994. She also reaped SWC Coach of the Year honors seven times, five consecutively.
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