No. 10 Texas Tech 81, Pacific 61
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) _ Michi Atkins said one loss was enough to get No. 10 Texas Tech back to serious basketball.
``We were upset about losing, so our mental approach was different,″ said Atkins, whose 18 points and 14 rebounds helped the Lady Raiders to an 81-61 victory over Pacific on Sunday in the third-place game of the Golden Bear Classic.
Texas Tech (6-2) had dropped a topsy-turvy 79-76 decision to Southern Mississippi in Saturday night’s opener, but quickly erased any doubts of a further letdown by taking a 49-23 halftime lead against the Tigers.
``We worked hard on focusing for this game,″ Atkins said. ``No more joking around in the locker room before the game. We were determined to play 40 minutes of intense basketball.″
Atkins, a senior center, provides the kind of leadership coach Marsha Sharp needs to balance out a young lineup.
``It’s not so much in her scoring,″ Sharp said. ``We have some other players who are capable of getting us points. She brings things to us we need of we’re going to try to stay competitive with the better teams in the country.″
The Lady Raiders shot 65.7 percent in the first half (23-of-35), while holding Pacific to a .276 clip (9-of-29).
Texas Tech sophomore Alicia Thompson also had 18 points, while Kim Sumrall scored 14 off the bench.
Pacific (3-3) was paced by Kate McAllister’s 23 points, 14 in the first half. Cathy Lauritzen contributed 13 points off the bench.
Texas Tech built a 32-point lead in the second half before reserves played out the final minutes, giving Sharp a chance to get a long look at some young players. The starters were forced to play a full, frantic game against Southern Miss.
``It was good to get right back out there after the loss,″ Sharp said, ``so you don’t think about it too long, and invent problems that aren’t really there.″