5:00 PM ET, January 8, 2005
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Chesley Dabbs was a little too tall, and Oklahoma State proved to be incredibly overmatched.Dabbs scored 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting against shorter Cowgirls defenders and Texas Tech (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) routed Oklahoma State 76-38 on Saturday.Alesha Robertson added 14 points and LaToya Davis scored 11 as the Lady Raiders (11-2, 2-0) raced to a 20-point lead within the first 12 minutes and were never challenged.Dabbs, a 6-foot guard, spent most of the game against Oklahoma State guards who were at least 3 inches shorter and she was able to elevate and hit jump shots with ease."One of our focuses was fighting the screens and just contesting her shots because she can jump so high, but we didn't do it," said Oklahoma State guard Devry McDonald, who is 5-9.The Lady Raiders scored seven consecutive points to start the game and never trailed. Dabbs made it 20-4 with a jumper in the lane 7½ minutes in, and Tech continued to pull away."We started out the game real good and that helps you all the time," Dabbs said.Davis scored five straight points on two baskets inside and a free throw to stretch the Lady Raiders' lead to 31-8, and Tech held a 37-13 edge at halftime after Brooke Baughman's 3-pointer from the top of the key took a high bounce and fell in at the first-half buzzer."I really wanted us to prove to ourselves that we know how to get ready on the road and play," she said. "This is the first time we've had that opportunity in the Big 12, and we wanted to make sure that we got a good start."Texas Tech, which lost an 88-87 double overtime game in Stillwater last season, heads into a meeting against No. 7 Texas on Wednesday with a 2-0 start in the conference. The Lady Raiders started conference play 1-1 last season."We're ahead of where we were last year," Robertson said. "That's a big motivation for us. Hopefully, we'll be able to carry that throughout the season."The Cowgirls (5-7, 0-2) went more than 8½ minutes without a field goal following the midway point of the first half. Oklahoma State shot 18 percent and went without an assist in the first half. The Cowgirls finished with only two assists and 26 percent shooting."It's just a horrible, horrible shooting night for our team," Cowgirls coach Julie Goodenough said.Oklahoma State was never closer than 22 points after halftime, and Tech closed the game with a 9-0 run. Brittany Dietz led the Cowgirls with nine points on 3-for-6 shooting from 3-point range.Texas Tech dominated the boards 44-23 and moved to 11-0 when it outrebounds its opponent.
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