Lady Raiders Knock Off Metro State 73-43

Texas Tech took care of its final exhibition game on Sunday in preparation of the regular season.

The Lady Raiders final chance to work out some of the kinks before the regular season begins went well as Texas Tech took down Metro State 73-43 on Sunday at the United Spirit Arena in its final exhibition game before the start of the regular season on Friday.

Every player on the team saw action and scored points and Lady Raider head coach Kristy Curry said it is always good to get players extra time to see how they will react.

"The point after the game was to play as hard as you possibly can when your number is called," she said. "We can live with effort mistakes, but we've got to understand that we could be deep and that could really work to our strengths especially when we get to January."

The Lady Raiders started the game off strong, only trailing in the game one time, and headed into the locker room with a 36-24-halftime lead.

Casey Morris led Tech in scoring with 15 points and hit three three-pointers in the game. Christine Hyde added 10 of her own, and both players recorded three steals.

Tech was all over the court defensively as it had 13 steals for the game, and every starter registered a steal. The team added five blocks as well.

The Lady Raiders simply poured it on in the second half opening up a 61-31 lead with 8:22 left in the game and never slowed down.

Morris was Tech's second leading scorer last year and she said her team is showing everyone how ready they are.

"We all practice together every day and know what we're capable of," she said. "It's just nice being able to show it on the floor, and I think everyone's excited and ready to contribute this year."

Coach Curry said Morris' attitude brings an edge to the team and pushes the other players to strive for something better.

She said the team's chemistry is working very well together, but they can always get better.

"We've got a lot of improvement to do," she said. "This isn't reality right here, so we've got to continue to improve every day from our free throws to our rebounding, and a lot of little areas."

Lady Raider basketball gets underway this Friday night as they take on New Mexico in the United Spirit Arena at 6 p.m.

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