Lady Raiders Rout Texas Pan-Am

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders opened the Candi Whitaker era with a 70-48 victory over the Texas-Pan American Broncs. Amber Battle and Shauntal Nobles each produced a double-double. Battle finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds while Nobles had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tech is now 1-0 and will host New Mexico on Wednesday.

LUBBOCK-Amber Battle and Shauntal Nobles each produced a double-double leading the Texas Tech Lady Raiders to a 70-48 rout of the Texas-Pan American Broncs.

Battle was solid in all facets of the game with 21 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. The junior guard from Albuquerque said it feels good to know she contributed when she needed to.

"I think for both of us, we take on that leadership role really highly," Battle said. "So for us to go out there and execute for our teammates and for each other, it means a lot to us."

The team totaled seven blocks, seven steals and 40 defensive boards on the night. Head coach Candi Whitaker said she was pleased with the improvement of the defense.

Tech took advantage of the new hand check rule and was able to knocked down 82.4 percent of their 34 attempted free throws. Whitaker said there is an emphasis on picking up fouls for the rest of the season.

"With the changes of how the game is being called," Whitaker said. "We want to get to the line and we got to be able to knock those down and 82 is very good."

None of the Broncs scored double digit points. Junior forward, Cha'zaye Wright, came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with nine points. Wright also contributed two steals and an assist.

Whitaker made her official return to the Lady Raider program. Whitaker, who played under legendary Tech head coach Marsha Sharp for two seasons, was hired after Kristy Curry bolted to Alabama. Whitaker said this is where she wants to be.

"It's just special," Whitaker said. "It's special to be back here in West Texas, to be back at Tech and to be a part of this program."

Whitaker added her team is young and will make some mistakes, but the future is bright.

Senior center Shauntal Nobles, who scored 13 points, pulled down 13 rebounds and blocked one shot, said everyone has a role to play.

"You don't want to be a let-down," Nobles said. "You always want to do your part and contribute."

Tech now turns to Wednesday night when they look for revenge against a New Mexico Lobos team that defeated the Lady Raiders 65-61 last season.

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