Lady Raiders advance in preseason WNIT

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (1-0) survived a bad offensive performance to defeat the Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners 76-48 and advance to the second round of the preseason WNIT. Senior guard Jia Perkins scored 19 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders to victory.

The game started off with a defensive stalemate as both teams struggled to convert on scoring opportunities. The Lady Raiders only made 10 of 32 shots (31.3%) in the first half. The Texas Tech defense had a strong showing, holding Texas-San Antonio to just 7 of 25 shooting (28.0%). The Roadrunners managed to keep the game close for most of the first half, but an 11-0 run by the Lady Raiders gave Texas Tech a 32-20.

Texas Tech started the second half the same way they ended the first. An 11-3 run to start the half gave the Lady Raiders a 43-23 lead, and control of the game. The Roadrunners never managed to get closer than 14 points for the rest of the game. Texas Tech finished the game strong with a 12-0 run to take the 76-48 victory.


This definitely wasn't the sort of game that the Lady Raiders expected to have offensively, but the Lady Raiders managed to use their slashing ability to get points from the free throw line. A lot of credit has to go to the Roadrunners, who used several defensive looks to slow down the Lady Raiders. "They ran some, we call them junk defenses. They ran some triangle and two, sort of a four person zone, and a match-up on Perkins part of the time early," said Lady Raider Head Coach Marsha Sharp. The defenses did their job, and forced the Lady Raiders into some mistakes early. "We got a little impatient and tried to force some things early," said Coach Sharp. Jia Perkins played well on the offensive end, scoring 19 points in the game, including 9 from the free throw line. Alesha Robertson scored 14 points of the bench, While Casey Jackson and Jolee Ayers-Curry both scored 11 points from the posts. Erin Grant did a good job distributing the ball, passing for 7 assists in the game.


Just like last season, the Lady Raiders have to play strong defense whenever the offense falters. Tonight the defense showed its strength by holding the Roadrunners to just 48 points for the game. "Great basketball teams have to control things on the defensive end of the floor," said Coach Sharp. The Lady Raiders did that by forcing 13 turnovers and blocking 8 shots. Another important factor was defensive rebounding. Texas Tech out rebounded the Roadrunners 35-7 on the defensive glass. This number is slightly misleading though, as the Roadrunners only sent two players to the offensive glass in an effort to control the Texas Tech transition game.

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