The Lady Raiders came together as a team against Iowa State but came up short 85-76 in overtime Saturday night at the United Spirit Arena.
The Lady Raiders fed off the home crowd and started off strong in the first half en route to a 40-37 advantage. Minta Spears accounted for 14 points in the first half by hitting three 3-pointers. This is her highest scoring game in Big 12 play and second time in double digits this season. Saturday also marked the first time the Lady Raiders led at the half in Big 12 play.
In the second half Iowa State quickly regained the lead. The challenge for Texas Tech was stopping point guard Nikki Moody who scored a total of 20 points and dished out six assists. The second half was back and forth for both teams resulting in a 72-72 tie at the end of regulation.
Iowa State quickly raced out to a five-point lead lead and outscored Tech 13-4 overall in the extra period.
A total of three Lady Raiders in double figures for the first time this season in Big 12 play. Redshirt freshman Ivonne Cook-Taylor scored a career-high 16 points, Minta Spears ended the game with 16 points and Amber Battle led the way with 24. This is the eighth game this season Battle has scored 20 or more points. Head coach Candice Whitaker was proud of the performance of these three top scorers tonight.
"Proud of our team, proud of how we fought, Minta and Ivonne stepped up and made some great plays to join Amber, who is a great scorer and is very consistent for us," Whitaker said.
Although the Lady Raiders have fought hard this season they still remain winless in the Big 12. This makes their overall record 6-13.
"We were on the same page, we knew where people were going to be, it finally felt good that we were playing together and finally be a team," Spears said.
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