Nobles Leads Lady Raiders in 85-71 Win

In the first round of the WNIT, the Lady Raiders had the Lady Panthers in their way, but blew them out to move on to take on Tulane in the second round on Sunday.

In the Lady Raiders previous two trips to the WNIT, Texas Tech had not lost a first round game in the postseason tourney.

That trend continued on Thursday night inside the United Spirit Arena with an 85-71 win against Eastern Illinois, knocking the Lady Panthers out of the tournament.

The only time the Lady Panthers (22-9) led in the game was with one minute and 10 seconds left in the first half when Eastern Illinois took a 36-35 lead, but Tech closed out the half on a 5-0 run to take a 40-36 lead into the half and never looked back.

Tech (20-13) utilized numerous runs, including a 9-5 run to open the second half, to put some distance between them and Eastern Illinois and eventually cap off the 14-point victory to advance in the tournament.

One of the big keys for the Lady Raiders in the win was the play of Shauntal Nobles.

The sophomore led the Lady Raiders in scoring going for a new career-high with 18 points on the night and going 10-for-13 from the free-throw line as well.

Along with her scoring, Nobles was able to crash the boards grabbing 13 of Tech's 42 rebounds to record her third career double-double.

Nobles was not alone in reaching double digits as she was joined by Casey Morris, who went for 17, Chynna Brown, who contributed 14, and Monique Smalls, who chipped in 13.

Tech finished the game shooting 50 percent from the field as a team and outrebounded Eastern Illinois 42-26, which led to 19 second-chance points for the Lady Raiders.

Now with the Lady Panthers officially in the rear-view mirror, now Tech can focus on its next opponent – Tulane.

The Green Wave are coming off a 68-61 victory on Thursday night taking down Mississippi Valley State in first round action.

Tech and Tulane are set to meet in second round action of the WNIT at 2 p.m. on Sunday inside the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

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