6:00 PM ET, February 1, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp wasn't secretive about how she and her Lady Raiders were going to defend Texas' leading scorer Tiffany Jackson."We sold out," Sharp said. "We were gonna go double her. We were gonna try to make somebody else make a shot against us."That plan seemed to work as Jackson had only three field goals and a game-high six turnovers as Texas Tech defeated Texas 84-63 Wednesday night.Jackson was the lone Longhorn in double digits while every Lady Raider starter scored in double figures. It was only the second time this season all five starters scored in double figures for Tech (10-9, 5-3 Big 12).Texas coach Jody Conradt said the balanced Tech offense presented matchup problems for her team."I would suspect that Marsha would like that kind of balanced scoring every time," she said. "I've watched several games and haven't seen them shoot the way they did in this game."LaToya Davis scored a game-high 23 points for Tech, while Jackson had what Conradt called a "tough double-double" with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Texas (11-8, 5-4).Conradt said Jackson forced her shot at times, causing her to shoot 3-for-8 from the floor and register 17 free throw attempts."Tiffany's competitive and she's relentless," Conradt said. "Sometimes she'll try to force some things in double team when we'd be better off kicking it out and finding the open person."The win was the most one-sided victory for Tech against Texas since February 2000 when the Lady Raiders won 73-44 in Lubbock.Davis and Erin Grant each had double-doubles for Tech. Davis had 11 rebounds to go with her 23 points and Grant had 10 points and 11 assists. Alesha Robertson had 21 points. Brooke Baughman added a career-high 16 points and Erin Myrick scored 12.Sharp said having five players who can score causes problems for opposition defenses. "The more balance you can have in the Big 12 and the less they can pick on people, the better off you are," she said.The Longhorns shot 21-for-53 from the field (40 percent) while the Lady Raiders connected on 29-for-57 (51 percent). Tech also had 20 assists to Texas' nine.Tech used second-half runs of 15-5 and 9-0 to pull away 66-43 with 9:40 left in the game.Early in the first half, the Lady Raiders took advantage of a four-minute scoring drought by the Longhorns to go on a 12-0 run and take a 12-2 lead with more than 15 minutes remaining in the half. Texas Tech then went more than five minutes without a field goal later in the first half, but Texas couldn't shave Tech's lead to less than five points. The Lady Raiders led 35-26 at the half.Despite neither team being ranked for the first time since 1992, Sharp said the game and its atmosphere had not lost its appeal for her team."It didn't feel like there'd been that much luster gone tonight," Sharp said. "Just throw those records out and everybody goes and plays as hard as they can."
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