LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry was in the stands in Atlanta in 1993, watching her predecessor and the Lady Raiders win the university's lone national team championship.
Curry and her team on Sunday successfully ended a weekend celebration of that title as every player on the 1993 team returned to Lubbock and watched the Lady Raiders down in-state rival Texas 69-62.
Sunday's game was played 20 years to the day that the Lady Raiders beat the Longhorns in Austin to continue a winning streak that ended at 19 when they beat Ohio State 84-82 in the final.
"What a great day that was for Lubbock," said Curry, who was an assistant at Tulane 20 years ago. "And we're going to see if we can do that again."
Chynna Brown scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech over Texas 69-62 on Sunday, adding to Lady Raiders fans celebrating the 20th anniversary of their national title.
Casey Morris added 15 and Kelsi Baker got 14 for Texas Tech (19-7, 9-5 Big 12), who got a boost in their hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament. Since Curry arrived in Lubbock in 2006, the Lady Raiders have only been to the NCAAs once, losing in the first round two years ago to St. John's.
This is the first season Texas Tech has won nine conference games under Curry.
Chassidy Fussell scored 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting to lead the Longhorns, who now have lost four straight. Imani McGee-Stafford got 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Longhorns.
The entire 1993 team was back in town for a celebration of the title. The players, Marsha Sharp and her coaches were introduced at halftime to some of the loudest cheers in the arena in years. Swoopes, who now lives back in the Lubbock area, scored 47 points in the title game, a record that still stands.
None of the players ever competed in the arena, which opened in 1999 and which many have called "The House that Marsha Built."
Before the game Sunday, Swoopes said a game against Texas always brought out the best in the Lady Raiders. They lost to Texas in Lubbock in January 1993 but beat the Longhorns in Austin the next month for their seventh straight win that season.
When they returned home to tens of thousands of adoring fans after winning the title in Atlanta, the streak was at 19.
Texas was the team to beat, always, said Swoopes, who also won three Olympic gold medals.
"When that happened it just kind of gave us momentum and gave us confidence because they were a good team," she said before the game. "At the time, they were the team to beat, so for us to be able to come out and have the type of performance we did to beat them and go on and win the national championship I think just really made that win in itself mean a lot more."
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