Michigan 61

(3-3, 0-2 away)

(5) Texas Tech 74

(5-0, 5-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, November 28, 2003

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MICH 61 61
#5TTU 74 74

Robertson leads Texas Tech with 13

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.

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