LUBBOCK - The Texas Tech Lady Raiders responded to their first loss with an 86-68 victory against the Grambling State Lady Tigers Saturday at the United Spirit Arena.
Junior guard Amber Battle scored 15 points in the second half and finished the game with 19. She also contributed four assists, two rebounds and a steal in the second half.
"I thought Amber Battle put our team on her back and made huge plays in a string of plays to give us more of a lead," said Texas Tech coach Candi Whitaker
The Lady Raiders started off the game on fire from behind the arc. Freshmen guards Marina Lizarazu and Minta Spears combined for 17 points in the first 10 minutes and shot four out of six from downtown to open up the game. Lizarazu had five points in the opening minute.
Tech once held a 17-point lead in the first half, but Grambling State closed the gap by half time. The Lady Tigers went on a 14-4 run in final four minutes of the first half. Tech held a 39-33 advantage heading into the locker room.
Grambling State pulled within two points of the Lady Raiders in the second half with 14:21 remaining in the game. Tech would eventually pull away starting with a 15-4 run over the next 4:25. The Lady Tigers were never able to recover. The run came to fruition with a three-point play from Battle.
"After I made that play, we just gathered our team to say ‘this is it, we have to go on a run now'," Battle said. "So we knew after that play, we couldn't turn back and we had to attack them."
The Lady Raiders are now 3-1 on the young season. Tech heads to Brooklyn for the Barclay's Center Women's Invitational where the Lady Raiders will face Michigan on Friday.
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