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Morning Headlines for March 21, 2011

A big weekend for Texas Tech athletics as Men’s Basketball hired Billy Clyde Gillispie in probably the worst kept secret in Lubbock the past two weeks. Gillispie agreed to a 5 year contract worth a reported $800,000 dollars a season. His career record as head coach from UTEP, Texas A&M, and Kentucky is 140-85 in seven seasons. Gillispie will be introduced at 10am public press conference at the United Spirit Arena.

Texas Tech baseball won its opening conference series for the first time since 1997 as they took two of three games from No. 14 Baylor. The Red Raiders won Friday 6-5, lost Saturday 14-13, and yesterday 10-6 in 10 innings. Texas Tech improves to 14-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Tech hits the diamond tomorrow at Dallas Baptist at 5pm.

Texas Tech Lady Raider Basketball fell to St. John’s 55-50 in 1st Round action of the NCAA tournament. Texas Tech ends their season at 22-11.

No. 21 Texas Tech Softball swept the USF The Game tournament over the weekend in Clearwater, Florida going 5-0. Texas Tech is now 35-1 on the season and will begin conference play this weekend hosting Missouri.

Fresh off an impressive 3-2 win over No. 8 seed Georgia, the Red Raiders upped the stakes and knocked off top seed and second-ranked UCLA late Sunday afternoon at the Callaway Match Play Championships at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.
Texas Tech will now face No. 4 seed Illinois in the third round on Tuesday morning. The Illini defeated No. 13 seed Baylor, 5-0, in the first round and No. 5 seed Texas A&M 3-2 in round two.

The No. 17 Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-5) defeated the UT San Antonio Roadrunners in their final nonconference match of the season at the McLeod Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon, 6-1. The Red Raiders begin Big 12 play next Sunday when they host the Baylor Bears. First serve is at 1 p.m.

The Texas Tech women’s team won two conference matches and a nonconference match over the weekend with wins over Kansas, Kansas State, and Kentucky.
On Sunday, Texas Tech (12-3, 2-0) earned their second conference win of the young season with a 7-0 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats.

No.1 Azusa Pacific University had six players in double figures in scoring and they used a 38-18 scoring advantage in the paint to defeat No.6 Lubbock Christian University 79-54 in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Saturday at Oman Arena. The loss brings a close to the Lady Chaparrals season, which ends with a 23-10 record and their third elite eight appearance in program history.

No. 5 LCU Baseball won two of three games over the weekend against Oklahoma Christian over the weekend. LCU split two games Friday winning 12-0 then losing Game two 11-6. LCU clinched the series victory with a win Saturday 7-5. LCU improved to 6-6 in SAC play on the season and they are 19-7 overall. LCU returns home Tuesday to host Sul Poss State University tomorrow at 5pm.

A three-point play in the final ten seconds pushed Arizona to a 70-69 win over Texas in the NCAA tournament yesterday. Arizona’s Derrick Williams hit a running layup, then the ensuing free throw to give the fifth-seeded Wildcats the lead. The Longhorns then missed two shots in the final seconds to end the game.

The Dallas Mavericks pounded the Golden State Warriors last night 101-73. Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Peja Stojakovic added 17 for the Mavs, who entered play losing four of their last six. Tyson Chandler pulled down 17 rebounds for Dallas.

Kyle Lowry’s triple-double helped the Houston Rockets beat the Utah Jazz last night 110-108. Lowry finished the game with 28 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists. Kevin Martin scored a team-high 34 points for the Rockets, who moved past Utah into the ninth spot in the Western Conference.

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