3:00 PM ET, January 15, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Alesha Robertson kept her focus with an upset victory over fifth-ranked Baylor on the line.Robertson banked in a jumper from about 10 feet away with less than a second left to lift Texas Tech past Baylor 64-62 on Sunday, handing the Lady Bears their second loss of the season."I just had to come off that pick with a lot of confidence and thinking we were gonna beat Baylor," Robertson said. "I've tried it not banking it, but I have better luck when I bank it."Robertson, who scored a season-high 22 points and tied her career high for rebounds with 11, got the inbounds pass from Erin Grant on the right side of the lane with 2 seconds remaining. She used the backboard to put Tech up with half a second on the clock.Baylor's Angela Tisdale got off a final desperation shot from Tech's end of the court that fell well short.There were 12 lead changes and three ties in the second half.Lady Raiders coach Marsha Sharp had been looking for an offensive spark for several games. Robertson came through on Sunday, she said."We obviously need her to make points for us," Sharp said. "She delivered. The things that she does for us are a lot, lot bigger than knocking shots down."Tech (7-7, 2-1 Big 12) led 62-57 with 2:48 remaining when Tisdale hit a 3-pointer from the left side and Sophia Young hit a shot from the top of the key to tie it at 62.The win for Tech, which has struggled all season, was the first in five tries against Baylor (12-2, 2-2). Four of the Lady Raiders losses this season have been by three points or fewer."We've been so close all year," Sharp said. "We've gone through some things that haven't been a lot of fun, and they deserve to win one at the buzzer instead of it going the other direction."Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said it came down to a few plays and Sharp kept her team focused on what they do well consistently."Any coach in this league will tell you that when you're struggling on offense you better make it up on the defensive end," she said. "She's been struggling on offense and made up for it on defense."LaToya Davis had 11 points and 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season for Tech. Erin Myrick finished with 10 points.Tech outrebounded Baylor 51-29, posting a season-high total. Their previous high of 45 came in a double-overtime loss to Penn State in December."We wanted to take it to the rim; we wanted to attack the rim in a lot of different ways," Sharp said. "When you attack the glass and they have to seal a little bit, there are some boards that you can go get."I think we've learned to be more aggressive. That's one of our strengths."Tisdale scored 15 points and Young added 14 along with nine rebounds.Baylor led most of the first half but the Lady Raiders used a 9-0 run to take a 22-20 lead when Robertson hit a layup with 4:21 remaining. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Grant and Robertson helped preserve the advantage, and Tech led 29-28 at halftime.Tech hit 20 of 57 shots (35 percent) from the field, just slightly worse than the Lady Raiders were shooting coming into the game. In its first two conference games, Tech shot only 36 percent.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-58 (.448)||20-56 (.357)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-9 (.222)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||8-13 (.615)||20-33 (.606)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||27 (0/0)||12 (0/0)|