Lady Raiders Top Angelo State

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders defeated the Angelo State Belles 73-51 in an exhibition game Monday night. Amber Battle garnered a double-double in the second half alone and Minta Spears led the team in two categories.

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders defeated the Angelo State Belles 73-51 in an exhibition game Monday night.

Amber Battle garnered a double-double in the second half alone and Minta Spears led the team in two categories.

Texas Tech Head Coach Candi Whitaker, who made her debut in the Lady Raiders top position, singled out Battle and Spears for a great night.

"We thought both these two young ladies played well," Whitaker said. "Obviously, Minta shot the ball extremely well and Amber really made a huge difference for us in the second half."

Spears finished the night with 20 points, six assists and four steals. Spears shot 60 percent from beyond the arc and was perfect at the charity stripe.

When Spears was asked how far she could shoot the ball when on her best game, Spears said she doesn't even realize where she is on the floor.

"Oh, I don't know," Spears said while laughing. "Sometimes I don't really know how far I am." Coach Whitaker added "She has the green light, if you haven't noticed."

Spears scored 11 points in just a little over 10 minutes through the first half and continued to make great plays and shots throughout the game. Battle finished the first half with two rebounds and five points. By the end of the night, Battle had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Battle said she changed her mind set at halftime and then her teammates started to find her.

One teammate who made an impact was freshman guard Marina Lizarazu, who came to Texas Tech from Spain. Lizarazu was able to find open teammates throughout the second half. She finished with seven assists. One downside for Lizarazu was her four turnovers. Whitaker said she is fine with the turnovers, because Lizarazu is in a new setting and is playing with lots of effort.

"She's the type of playmaker that's probably going to turn it over some," Whitaker said before describing the type of player Lizarazu is. "She really likes to get in there and create (plays). She has a great feel for the game. She has good vision, so I'll take that with her."

The Lady Raiders open up their regular season Sunday against UT-Pan American with tip-off set for 4 p.m. at United Spirit Arena.

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