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.
Texas Tech Cruises Past Jacksonville, 62-48
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