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Women: Wildcats win share of Big 12

By Wire services
Published March 4, 2004

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Nicole Ohlde had 21 points in her final regular-season home game, and eighth-ranked Kansas State beat No.9 Texas Tech 85-73 Wednesday night for a share of the Big 12 championship.

The Wildcats (23-4, 14-2) had not won a conference title since earning a three-way share of the Big 8 championship in 1987. Kansas State will be seeded second in the Big 12 tournament because it lost to No.3 Texas, the other co-champion.

Kendra Wecker added 17 points for the Wildcats, and Alesha Robertson led Texas Tech (24-6, 10-6) with 16.

Ohlde, Kansas State's leading career scorer and rebounder, led her team with eight assists. Her number was retired after the game.

NO.13 COLO. 63, NEBRASKA 60: Kate Fagan scored 19 and the visiting Buffaloes (22-6, 11-5) withstood a late rally. The Cornhuskers trailed by as many as 14 in the second but cut it to 55-54 on Alexa Johnson's 3-point shot with 4:05 remaining. Johnson led Nebraska (17-10, 7-9) with 19 points. The Cornhuskers had an opportunity to tie it at 62 with 58 seconds left, but Margaret Richards missed two free throws.

NO.14 BAYLOR 70, OKLA. ST. 60: Steffanie Blackmon had 21 points, and the visiting Bears (22-7, 10-6) overcame 30 by Oklahoma State's Nina Stone. OSU (8-19, 3-13) played its first game without Trisha Skibbe, the Big 12's leading scorer, and lost its ninth straight. Skibbe left the team Monday for personal reasons. Baylor held OSU to three baskets and 16 percent shooting after halftime.

FLORIDA ST.: Senior guard/forward Tasheika Allen, who led the team in scoring, was named to the second-team all-ACC team for the second straight season. Point guard Shante Williams, an all-conference honorable mention, made the all-ACC freshman team.

USF: A compromise that will keep the Bulls playing on the Sun Dome's main floor has resolved Title IX questions that were raised when their last three games were moved to the 1,000-seat Corral because of a scheduling conflict. Then-athletic director Lee Roy Selmon and Sun Dome president Mike LaPan reached an agreement in December that any games after this season always will be played on the main floor. ... Forward Jessica Dickson was named C-USA freshman of the year and second-team all-conference. Center Nalini Miller also made the all-C-USA freshman team.

- Times staff writers Brian Landman and Pete Young contributed to this report.

[Last modified March 4, 2004, 01:15:01]


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