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Mustangs And Lady Raiders Renew Rivalry

Keitha Dickerson prepares for Southern Methodist.
Keitha Dickerson prepares for Southern Methodist.

Dec. 3, 1999

LUBBOCK, Texas - Southern Methodist and Texas Tech meet for the 41st time when the Mustangs travel to Lubbock, Texas, to take on the No. 16 Lady Raiders on Saturday.

Texas Tech, which has won 37 of the 40 meetings with SMU, improved to 4-0 Monday with a 66-63 overtime win at Southern California.

Freshman Plenette Pierson scored a career-high 21 points, including a 14-foot jumper with one second left in regulation to tie it at 57 and send the game into overtime.

The Lady Raiders struggled all evening. They had just one lead in the first half and trailed 33-26 at intermission.

It was more of the same in the second half as Texas Tech fell behind by nine points before the momentum began to shift with 2:01 remaining in regulation.

Katrisa O'Neal, who tied her career high with 17 points, made two free throws to start a 7-0 run. Pierson, who also had 10 rebounds, tied the game at 55-55 with 1:44 remaining.

In overtime, senior forward Keitha Dickerson scored four of Texas Tech's nine points before fouling out.

SMU (3-1) lost its first game of the season Tuesday, falling 73-69 in overtime at Texas A&M.

Junior guard D-dra Rucker became the first Mustangs player to score 30 points in a game since 1995, and she added eight rebounds and seven steals.

But coach Rhonda Rompola wasn't happy with Rucker's eight turnovers.

"D-dra had a good game," Rompola said. "But she can play a lot better. Texas A&M outhustled us. They outplayed us tonight."

The teams last met last Nov. 23, with Texas Tech winning 72-67 at SMU. The Mustangs' last win over the Lady Raiders was on Jan. 24, 1989.



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