No. 2 seed Texas Tech holds onto lead, wins 80-54
Posted: Sunday March 14, 1999 12:57 AM
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- - Angie Braziel did just about everything -- offensively and defensively -- to lead Texas Tech into the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Braziel scored 21 points as the Lady Red Raiders posted a 80-54 victory over Stephen F. Austin Saturday night.
"Anytime we come out and play good defense its 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."
Tech (29-3) will face North Carolina State at 8:30 p.m. Monday in Lubbock.
The Lady Raiders came roaring out of the gate, taking a 12-0 lead with 14:54 left in the first half. Tech's offensive game was balanced in the opening minutes but Braziel shut down SFA's post game, racking up two steals and three blocks.
SFA (17-12) didn't score until 5:41 had elapsed, to make it 14-2. But Braziel scored six straight points during an 8-0 run, nailing two jumpers and a lunging layup from the baseline to give Tech a 20-2 lead with 9:49 left.
Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said the lopsided victory bodes well for the Lady Raiders.
"It's the most balanced team I've ever coached," Sharp said. "They have a look on their face right now and are confident with their offenses. I hope we can continue to find ways to keep scoring against people."
Tech seemed to take the ball away from SFA with relative ease, stealing the ball 12 times.
"I think we came out flat in the first half, period," said Whitmore, who scored 7 points. "They came out shooting lights out. I think it would have been a different game if we had come out ready to play."
When SFA was able to contain Braziel, Tech's Julie Lake dominated the perimeter, scoring 15 points. Renee Hanebutt added 10 points for the Lady Raiders.
'The post did a great job of running the floor and we were able to find them for some great shots," Lake said. "They were doubling inside and Angie did a great job of kicking it out and getting me some open shots."
Tech ended the half leading, 36-19.
The Lady Raiders asserted their dominance again in the opening minutes of the second half, outscoring SFA 20-10 in the first 7 minutes. The second-half blitz was also led by Braziel, who had 10 points during the run. SFA never threatened.
For SFA, the post season loss is the end of an emotional season, marked by the suicide in January of all-time leading scorer Katrina Price, whose college career ended a year ago.
"I'm more proud of this team than any other team I've had at SFA," said SFA coach Royce Chadwick. "They've overcome many, many mountains, and they never quit. Our kids kept fighting and scraping. They showed a lot of heart." Anitra Davis led the Ladyjacks with 14 points.
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