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Braziel Leads Texas Tech into Matchup with Wolfpack




March 15, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- If No. 10 North Carolina State has any chance of tripping No. 2 Texas Tech in a second-round Midwest Regional game Monday, it has to stop All-American Angie Braziel.

Playing at home, Braziel scored 21 points and played tough interior defense as the Lady Raiders (29-3) recorded an 80-54 win over Stephen F. Austin in a first-round game Saturday night.

"Any time we come out and play good defense, it's going to help us on both ends of the floor," Braziel said. "We came out and played hard and took them out of their game."

Braziel, who averages 20.6 points per game, shut down the Ladyjacks' inside game by collecting two steals and three blocks. She also keyed an 8-0 run by hitting two jumpers and a layup, giving Tech a commanding 20-2 lead with 9:49 left in the first half.

"This is the most balanced team I've ever coached," Raiders coach Marsha Sharp said. "They have a look on their face right now. I just hope we can continue to find ways to score against people."

When Braziel was double-teamed beneath the basket, Julie Lake took advantage on the perimeter, scoring 15 points.

The Wolfpack (17-11) will look for another upset after a 76-57 win over No. 7 Mississippi State in their first-round contest Saturday.

Summer Erb is a 6-foot-6 center who should provide an excellent challenge for Braziel in the post. Erb controlled the inside Saturday, scoring 34 points and pulling down 18 rebounds for a Wolfpack squad hoping for a second straight trip to the Final Four.

Texas Tech won the national championship in 1993.



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