Streaking Teams Clash in Sweet 16 Matchup|
March 19, 1999
Two of the hottest teams in women's basketball meet Saturday at Redbird Arena in Normal, Illinois, with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line.
Texas Tech, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region, has won 11 games in a row, while Rutgers, seeded third, has won 11 of its last 12 and 18 of 20.
The Lady Raiders (30-3) held onto a big lead to down North Carolina State on Monday. Texas Tech saw its 17-point lead dwindle to seven with 2:43 remaining before putting the game away with free throws. Angie Braziel, the team's leader with 20.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, topped all scorers with 25 points and Keitha Dickerson added 21.
"We're playing pretty well as a team right now," said Braziel. "If we keep ourselves together, I don't think there is anything that can stop us."
The Lady Raiders are making their fourth Sweet 16 appearance in the last six years. Texas Tech hasn't reached the Final Four since the 1992-93 season when it won the championship.
The Scarlet Knights (28-5), playing in their second straight Sweet 16, cruised past Arizona 90-47 Sunday behind 18 points from Tasha Pointer.
Rutgers, which has never gotten past the Sweet 16, has used a stifling defense to advance. The Scarlet Knights allow just 55.6 points per game, second-best in the nation.
Shawnetta Stewart tops Rutgers with 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
This is the first-ever meeting between the schools. The winner moves on to face the winner of the Purdue-North Carolina game.