The Lady Raiders fought hard but remained winless in the Big 12 falling to West Virginia 70-51 Wednesday night at the United Spirit Arena.
The Lady Raiders managed to stay within 34-24 in the first half. The largest lead in the first half was West Virginia by 13 points. Most of the game was kept at single digits but Texas Tech never gained the lead. In the second half the Lady Raiders fought hard but it wasn't enough resulting in the Mountaineers building a 19-point advantage.
Amber Battle scored a total of 19 points making it the 16th time this season she has scored double-digits. She accounted for nine straight points in the first half including a three-pointer. Battle said the Lady Raiders did come out with energy against West Virginia.
"I felt like we had a lot of energy and our energy exceeded theirs," Battle said. "We played hard for each other and didn't let up."
A big challenge for the Lady Raiders was senior Asya Bussie standing at 6-foot-4 leads the Big 12 in rebounds. Bussie scored a total of 19 points and had nine total rebounds. Audrisa Harrison said the team tried to prepare for what Bussie was going to bring.
"She is a big part of their offense so coming in we know we to have a defensive scheme against her."
Texas Tech remains winless in the Big 12 and this makes the overall record 6-12. Top scorer Amber Battle remains determined and said they have to learn from tonight and not give up.
"We are taking the little things and growing on that and putting it all together. It felt closer like coach said for the whole game," Battle said. "We have to progress everyday and keep working."
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