Leave No Doubt

The Lady Raiders showed no letdown from the big win against Penn State as they rolled the Mavericks.

The Lady Raiders (8-0) left no doubt who the better team was in their 88-48 wire-to-wire win over UT Arlington (1-5) Wednesday in the United Spirit Arena.


This was Tech's 39th straight non-conference win at the USA.


Tech started fast and just kept adding on to their lead as they started the game on a 20-1 run, not allowing a field goal until there was 11:56 left in the first half.


Junior Guard Casey Morris led the way for the Lady Raiders with a career high 24 points and scored the first eight for Tech.


"I think the game was just coming to me, they were leaving me open so I was taking shots like I would any other game," she said. "It was good for them to leave me open, because I was knocking it down whenever I got it."


Tech's strong defense and crisp passing helped carry the Red Raiders to a 46-13 half time lead. Tech forced 21 turnovers in the first half and 33 on the game led by Monique Smalls who matched her season average with four steals.


Smalls continued to quarterback Tech's deadly press and half court offense totaling a career high 11 assists on the night. She leads the nation in assist to turnover ratio with seven assists to every one turnover.


"Being a junior now I learned so much my freshman and sophomore year from Coach Curry and the rest of my teammates," she said. "It's just kind of coming natural in a way, and now i can figure out different spots that I need to work on."


And once again, the Lady Raiders controlled the boards as they have done all year including 30 offensive rebounds. Christine Hyde led the way with a career high 12 rebounds. Shauntal Nobles added 12 as well.


However, Head Coach Kristy Curry still sees the need for improvement on the glass, as well as the consistent play of the bench as the Lady Raider bench was outscored by the Mavericks.


"We kept going back to them to see if we could get out of it a little bit," she said, "You want to see how everybody handles it and approach the situation and play the next play no matter what has happened the play before at the level that you need to play it."


Tech came out in the second half and just kept putting pressure on the Mavericks, starting the half on a 11-4 run.


It was the same song as the first half, it was just a different tune. Where the first half was about Casey Morris, the second half became about Kierra Mallard.


Last week's Big 12 player of the week came out firing, scoring six of the Lady Raiders' first 11 points, spearheading the offense's second half attack finishing with 16 points and 5 rebounds.


The Mavericks tried to hang around with Tech but just could not do it as the Lady Raiders depth and experience continued to show as the entire roster saw playing time once again with the exception of Chynna Brown who was held out because of an injury on the night.


The Lady Raiders now get 10 days off for finals and will continue to try and perfect their game plan.


Curry said a win like this is a good way to enter the break and they will continue to prepare for Big 12 play.


"We often talk about the biggest opponent we have is ourselves and that we need to be accountable over the next 10 days," she said. "What can I do as an individual to impact my team headed into Christmas and headed into January?"


The Lady Raiders get back to action on December 17 as they head to Chicago to take on Illinois in the Big 12/ Big Ten challenge.

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