Somewhere North of 40

The Lady Raiders dominated again which is not a surprise to anyone at this point of the season, as Tech improved to 6-0.

Texas Tech (6-0) got off to a fast start Wednesday night in their match up with Texas State (3-3) and never took their foot off the gas in their 85-40 romping of the Bobcats here in Lubbock.


The Lady Raiders have simply embarrassed teams they have faced to start the season winning their last four games by a combined 145 points.


Tech opened up a 42-17 lead in the first half behind the power of their strong defense and bench play, forcing 14 turnovers in the first half and getting 18 points off the bench.


Texas State never seemed to get anything going on the night shooting 29 percent from the floor and 55 percent from the line.


Sophomore Shauntal Nobles led Tech's bench with 10 points and led the team with 12 rebounds making her case to get back into the starting line up where she started the year for the Lady Raiders.


Lady Raider head coach Kristy Curry has said over and over this year how her team has the ability to go 12 players deep and every player saw action once again tonight.


"You can look at her stat line, anytime you see the offensive rebound column like that it shows how hard you're playing," she said. "I thought she really gave us a spark off the bench."


Nobles led the way for the Lady Raiders with eight rebounds in the first half including seven on the offensive boards. 


She finished with 10 points and 12 boards including 10 offensive rebounds. Freshman Amber Battle added 10 points as well.


Coming into the game, Tech was leading the Big 12 in rebounding margin, out rebounding their opponents by over 17 a game.


Toward the beginning of the year, Curry said one of the things the team needed to improve upon was their rebounding and their work is starting to pay off.


But Tech's defense is what the team is known for and what they keep excelling at, led by Junior Monique Smalls who is second in the Big 12 averaging 4.4 steals per contest.


She added 3 more tonight along with five assists en route to the Lady Raiders notching 41 points off of Bobcats turnovers. Smalls did not finish the contest going down with an injury early in the second half.


"She's being evaluated right now, so we'll know more in a little bit," Curry said about Smalls' status. "We'll see how it goes."


But senior Kierra Mallard picked up the slack with Smalls out of the game adding eight points in the first five minutes of the second half added 6 more in the last minutes to bring her total to 18.


Mallard was named to the World Vision Invitational All-Tournament Team, but started slow in the game with only four points in the first half.


"I had a little positive talk at halftime," she said, "so I had to step it up and take the challenge."


The Lady Raiders just continued to pour it on after that finishing the game with the 85-40 victory, their fourth win of the year by a 30 point margin, and third in a row.


Verinus Kalu, who led the way for the Bobcats on the night with 10 points, was one of the few bright spots for Texas State on the night.


Christine Hyde was all over the court as well scoring 12 points on five of seven shooting.


Tech gets back into action this Saturday in the USA at 2 p.m. against 16th ranked Penn State who is coming off of a win over number 13 North Carolina.

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