The Texas Tech Lady Raiders overcame a slow start and a late Florida Atlantic rally Saturday afternoon to defeat the Owls 76-63 in the second round of the World Vision Challenge at United Spirit Arena.
Junior guards Amber Battle and Audrisa Harrison turned in career performances to lead the Lady Raiders.
Battle scored a career-high 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field, which included her knocking down her only 3-point attempt, and converting all seven free throw attempts to go with six rebounds.
Harrison pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds to go with 11 points and a pair of steals.
Texas Tech (6-4) found itself down 9-2 after committing five turnovers and playing overall sloppy basketball in the first 3:30 of the contest.
Battle kept the Lady Raiders in the game with 16 first-half points as Tech took its first lead of the game at 24-22 with 6:15 remaining in the first half and would never trail again. Tech then finished the half on a 14-4 run over the final five minutes to take a 40-28 lead into the break.
The Lady Raiders built its largest lead at 51-30 just a couple minutes into the second half only to see Florida Atlantic (7-3) chisel the lead down to seven with 4:35 to play.
That is when, once again, Battle made a defining play to help seal the win.
The Owls were looking to get within five or even four points, but missed a shot and a scrum ensued which saw nearly every player on the court touch the ball. Battle eventually secured it between two defenders before racing down the court and scoring on a beautiful finger roll over the front of the rim to push Tech's lead back up to nine.
Senior forward Shauntal Nobles added a double-double to the cause with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Latavia Dempsey scored a team-high 16 points for Florida Atlantic.
Saturday's victory moved the Lady Raiders to 2-0 in the World Vision Challenge and will look to win their third game in as many days against Abilene Christian 2 p.m. Sunday.
Lady Raiders Hold Off Florida Atlantic
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