Lubbock – Texas Tech defeated the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions 58-50 Wednesday in a game that saw a combined 34.5 field goal percentage.
"Glad we won," Whitaker said in her opening statement. "But clearly we're not playing at a high level on either end and ton of room for improvement."
The Lady Raiders shot 26 percent from the field in the first half. The 58 points scored by the Lady Raiders is their lowest amount this season. Tech matched their lowest point total in a single half with 26 in the first half. The Lady Raiders led at halftime 25-22.
Freshman guard Diamond Lockhart gave her explanation for the poor shooting in the first half.
"It's probably more preparation for the game," Lockhart said. "I think sometimes we're just going through the motions instead of playing hard and making sure we're taking game shots and I think it showed up in the game."
The whole game was not doom and gloom for the offense. Junior guard Amber Battle provided a huge spark with her third double-double of the season. Battle contributed 17 points and 15 rebounds. She stole the ball three times and scored on multiple fastbreaks.
"Honestly, I thought Amber just made plays for the team," Whitaker said. "And that's why we won today."
Amber Battle mentioned that there are no excuses, but the mentality of the team may have been plagued by outside factors. This was the Lady Raiders first game since playing in Brooklyn. The team features five freshman. Texas Tech University will hold "Dead Day" Thursday and final exams start Friday.
"It looked like it," Whitaker said. "I don't know what they think or how their minds work, but I know when you are missing point-blank shots over-and-over again, it's a severe lack of focus, not skill. So we've got to do a better job of preparing ourselves and we haven't had the best two days of practice."
The victory places Tech at 4-3 on the season. Arkansas-Pine Bluff remains winless in six matches with Division 1 opponents. The next game for Tech will be December 15 at Arizona. Tech will return to the United Spirit Arena December 20 for the World Vision Invitational.
Head coach Candi Whitaker may have hinted that practice will feature more preparation in the future.
"How you prepare is how you play."
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