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Lady Bears' basketball loses 3rd straight game

Feb. 8, 2001

Lady Raiders manage 38th consecutive win

By MARK ALLAN PETERSON

Sports Writer

Following two tough losses on the road, the Lady Bears took another step backward with a 67-56 loss to No. 10-ranked Texas Tech University Wednesday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The win is now the 38th straight for Tech against the Lady Bears, who have not defeated the Lady Raiders since 1983.

Texas Tech, which now improves to 18-3 on the year and 9-1 in league play, had the game in control from the tipoff.

'I think we played well on the offense end. We didn't get a lot of production from the rest of the team, but we played hard,' Sheila Lambert said.

'I take nothing from Texas Tech, they played extremely well. They're not the No. 10 team in the nation for nothing.'

In the first half, Baylor kept up with the Lady Raiders, tying them at 14 with a little over six minutes left in the half. But Texas Tech went on an 11-2 run midway through, going up by as much as nine.

The Lady Bears made a short comeback toward the end of the half, led by Lambert, who scored eight of Baylor's last 10 points before intermission.

In the second half, the Lady Raiders once again took control of the game, garnering a 12-point lead with a little more then 8 minutes left in the game.

From then on, the Lady Bears were unable to cut the lead to less than 7, with Tech answering every one of Baylor's comebacks.

'They nailed some big shots,' head Coach Kim Mulkey said.

'I thought our kids were a little fatigued and leg weary. Give them credit, they made some big shots there when we cut the lead.'

With 4:32 left in the game, Texas Tech guard Candi White nailed a three-pointer, giving the Lady Raiders a twelve point lead, helping to seal the win.

'It was just a battle,' senior post Monica Arnold said. 'You could tell we were fighting hard, our shots just weren't falling.'

Lambert, who played the whole game, led all scorers with 22 points, but shot only nine-of-26 from the field.

Tech scored 19 points from the foul line, shooting 84 percent while Baylor only shot 35 percent, going eight-for-14.

The Lady Bears now fall to 15-6 overall and 4-6 in the Big 12 Conference.

It was the team's first loss on a week that they not been ranked.

Baylor next returns to action this Saturday against Texas A&M University. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.