Texas Tech 64, Houston 62
HOUSTON (AP) _ With 3 1/2 minutes to play, No. 8 Texas Tech found itself trailing 53-48. No problem.
Melinda White sank two free throws and Julie Lake followed with her second 3-pointer of the second half, starting a 12-3 run that carried Tech to a 64-62 victory over Houston Saturday night and keeping the Lady Raiders in a tie for the Southwest Conference lead.
``In those kinds of games, you have to have players that are going to make big plays for you to win,″ Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. ``Every player on the floor for us at the end of the game made (a play) either on the defensive end or the offensive end to make that happen.″
Pat Luckey of Houston and Michi Atkins of Texas Tech, the Southwest Conference’s two leading scorers, combined to shoot just 4-of-20 over the first 20 minutes, and Tech led only 23-21 at intermission.
Atkins led the Lady Raiders (14-2, 4-0) with 15 points. White added 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, Lake had 12 points and Kim Sumrall 10.
Luckey scored 18 points to lead Houston (9-7, 2-2). Rosheda Hopson added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Fleceia Comeaux 12 and Jennifer Jones 10.
``It was a disappointing loss, but I’m still proud of the way we played,″ Houston coach Jessie Kenlaw said. ``I thought we did a pretty good job of sticking to our game plan.
``We had an opportunity to win the ballgame, but we let it slip away with some mistakes at the wrong time.″
Tech now has won nine in a row.
In the first half, Houston shot just 22 percent from the floor and Texas Tech 30 percent.
``Neither one of us shot as well as we would like,″ Sharp said. ``We had an off shooting night, but Houston did an outstanding defensive job against us, particularly in the first half. I think we came back and attacked their defense a little bit better in the second half.
In the second half, Tech improved its shooting eye, hitting 14 of 29 from the field and 11 of 14 free throws. Houston hit 17 of 40 from the field and 3 of 3 free throws.
After White and Lake gave the Lady Raiders a 53-53 tie, Houston turned the ball over on a backcourt violation. Atkins banked in a turnaround jumper to give the Lady Raiders the lead for good.
A White steal led to two Lake free throws that raised the margin to 60-56
Tech built its lead to six points, but Comeaux hit a 3-pointer with 29 seconds to play, cutting the lead in half. The Lady Cougars had a chance to tie with another 3-pointer, but Shunta Hart missed with 10 seconds to go.