Notebook: Texas Tech 70 Illinois 64

The Lady Raiders held on for another close win against a Big 10 opponent, and improve to 9-0.

* Tech stays unbeaten defeating Illinois 70-64


* Lady Raiders improve to 9-0 on the season, Fighting Illini fall to 4-6 on the season snapping a two-game winning streak


* This marks the second consecutive season that Tech has started 9-0, third time in the Kristy Curry that the Lady Raiders have had a start like this


* Turnovers hurt the Lady Raiders in the game committing 20, but turned it around in the second half forcing 14 turnovers overall


* Tech shot for 41.7% from the field, while Illinois shot for 34.4% from the field


* Illinois had four players in double-digits, Amber Moore (15), Ivory Crawford (13), Karisma Penn (12), Alexis Burke (11)


* The Lady Raiders had five players reach double-digits including Christine Hyde (18 – tied career high), Kierra Mallard (12), Shauntal Nobles (11), Casey Morris (11) and Kelsi Baker (10)


* Mallard put in another double-double scoring 12 and grabbing 10 rebounds, nine defensively. Fourth double-double of the season and 20th of her career


* Tech is back in action December 21 against Western Kentucky inside the United Spirit Arena with first tip at 7 p.m.


Texas Tech Player of the Game - #5 Christine Hyde


She has been quietly making her presence known throughout the season, but against Illinois Christine Hyde her best game of her Lady Raider career.

Hyde ended up going 6-for-10 from the field, 3-for-6 from 3-point range, which racked up a nice total of 18 points on the night.

This tied her career-high which was set against University of Missouri-Kansas City and also a new high in 3-pointers made as well.

Hyde entered the game averaging just nine points per game, and definitely improved on that.


Illinois Player of the Game - #42 Amber Moore


Only a sophomore, Amber Moore has started to look like a seasoned vet for the Fighting Illini. Moore, in the shadow Karisma Penn, has been averaging just under 10 points per game for Illinois.

Against Tech Moore took 16 shots going just 5-for-16 from the field and 3-for-8 from 3-point land totaling 15 points on the night leading the team.

Moore also led the team in rebounding with five boards on the afternoon.

Moore is a player to watch in the next few seasons, and the combination of her and Penn could be a great one-two punch for the Fighting Illini in the future.

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