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No. 12 Texas Tech 66, New Mexico 59

December 9, 1999

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) _ Plenette Pierson scored 15 points and Aleah Johnson added 14 and 14 rebounds to lead No. 12 Texas Tech to a 66-59 win over New Mexico on Wednesday night.

After sitting out most of the first half with foul trouble, Pierson returned in the second half to give the Lady Raiders (6-0) a much-needed boost.

She scored 13 of her points in the second half and helped Texas Tech hold the Lady Lobos (4-4) to 29 percent shooting from the field. New Mexico had shot 48 percent in the first half to take a 33-32 lead at halftime.

New Mexico stayed close for most of the contest, taking its final lead on a Jordan Adams jumper to make it 45-40. But the Lady Raiders ran off seven straight points _ five by Pierson _ to make it 47-45. They never trailed again.

The Lobos had cut the lead to 51-50 on Sonya Bryant’s layup, but Melinda Pharies knocked down a 3-pointer and Tanisha Ellison and Keitha Dickerson scored on back-to-back breakaway layups to increase the lead to 58-50.

Dickerson finished with 14 points for Texas Tech and nine rebounds and Pharies added 10 points. Adams led the Lady Lobos with 12 points, while Bryant finished with 9.

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