DALLAS (AP) -- Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp had seen enough.
With the Lady Raiders leading 51-44 early in the second half,
Michigan beat Texas Tech to three straight offensive rebounds.
Sharp immediately pulled her five starters, and the bench
responded.Reserve Alesha Robertson scored 13 points, and Casey Jackson
ignited a key second-half run as fifth-ranked Texas Tech beat
Michigan 74-61 in the SMU Hoops for the Cure tournament on Friday.No starter for Texas Tech (5-0) reached double figures as the
reserves scored 41 points. The Lady Raiders will play SMU, which
beat Texas-Arlington 74-71 Friday, in the championship game
Saturday."We weren't pleased with the way things were going," Robertson
said of Sharp's move to pull the starters. "We wanted to speed
things up and get things going in a different direction."Tech's strong bench helped overcome big outings from two
starters for Michigan (3-3). Jennifer Smith had 30 points, and
Tabitha Pool added 16 points and 11 rebounds."It's been our strength," Sharp said of her team's depth.
"It's nice to have as many players who are strong on the defensive
end and can run our offensive sets."The Lady Raiders had a 59-48 lead midway through the second
half, before the Wolverines went on a 6-0 run to pull within five
points with 8:29 left.Michigan had the opportunity to move closer, but it failed to
score on three consecutive possessions as Tech switched to a 2-3
zone defense."We gave them a different look defensively," Sharp said.
"That really changed the pace of the game."But Tech moved away with its own 7-0 run. Jackson began the run
with consecutive baskets, then Brooke Baughman hit a 3-pointer to
extend the Lady Raiders' advantage to 66-54 with 4:58 remaining.Baughman, a backup point guard, scored all seven of her points
in the final 4:58 and the Wolverines got no closer than eight
points thereafter."They brought a lot of different players in and out of the
game," said Smith, who was 11-of-18 from the floor. "It's pretty
nice to have the depth they have."Robertson scored 11 points in the first half, and Texas Tech led
42-31 at the break. Tech's reserves scored 15 points in a 19-8 run
in the final nine minutes of the first half.The Wolverines hit six of seven shots after halftime to cut into
the Lady Raiders' lead. Pool's putback basket brought Michigan to
48-44 with 16:46 left.