Texas Tech Cruises Past Jacksonville, 62-48

Texas Tech's one-two punch of Amber Battle and Minta Spears overwhelmed Jacksonville in the opening round of the World Vision Challenge on Friday at United Spirit Arena.

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders opened the World Vision Classic with a 62-48 victory over Jacksonville on Friday at United Spirit Arena.

Texas Tech (5-4) never trailed, led by 10 at the break and by as many as 17 with just over two minutes remaining.

Texas Tech junior guard Amber Battle scored a team-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a steal. Freshman guard Minta Spears was every bit as impressive with 13 points, including three first-half 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.

Jacksonville (3-6), led by a game-high 17 points from Queen Alford, cut the Lady Raiders' lead to 41-36 with 12:05 remaining in the contest. Tech responded with a 9-0 run over the next 5:30 and was never seriously threatened again.

The Lady Raiders received some big help on the boards from Audrissa Harrison, who pulled down a game-high 11 and scored seven points. Senior forward Shauntal Nobles was solid down the stretch with seven points and seven rebounds.

Texas Tech will host Florida Atlantic 2 p.m. Saturday before closing out the tournament 2 p.m. Sunday against Abilene Christian.

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