Lady Raiders Drop Home Finale

Texas edged Texas Tech 67-64 in the Lady Raiders' home finale Saturday.

It was a bittersweet afternoon for the Lady Raiders as they fell to the Longhorns 67-64 on their last home game of the season.

The Lady Raiders showed lots of effort and energy on the court and continued to stay with Texas the whole game. The first half was made of big shots at crucial times both Amber Battle and Jasmine Caston knocked down important 3-pointers to keep Tech within a point at the half.

After the break, the Lady Raiders kept battling and did not give up. Ultimately, the Tech could not keep up with the Longhorns in the paint. A total of three players scored fourteen points by the end of the second half Haley Schneider, Ivonne Cook-Taylor, and Amber Battle. Senior Shauntal Nobles said she thought they could have finished it up.

"We knew could do it," Nobles said. "We had stayed with them the whole game, and that's something we have been struggling with throughout the season playing all 40 minutes. I think we really did that so I knew we had the chance to win."

The home finale is always special to the team because it's the time to honor the seniors and their work they have contributed. Both Seniors Haley Schneider and Shauntal Nobles came out to start the game and each had notable performances. Schneider scored a career-high 14 points and had five rebounds. Nobles added five points and four rebounds.

"This game was going to be bittersweet regardless," Schneider said. "It's nice me and Shauntal were able to go out and have a good performance. I am really happy to be going out with someone like her."

The Lady Raiders move on quickly to play Oklahoma in Norman on Monday. Head coach Candice Whitaker said it will be a challenge but they have gained confidence since the last time they played them.

"It will test our toughness," Whitaker said. "I don't think we have played as well on the road and it's a good challenge for us to toughen up and play well on the road."

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