Lady Raiders roll in preseason WNIT

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (2-0) had a dominating performance as they beat the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers (1-1) by a score of 88-47 to advance to the semifinals of the preseason WNIT. Jia Perkins scored 18 points to lead all scorers. Perkins also had 5 assists and 4 steals in the game.

The game started out with Jia Perkins scoring the first 8 points of the game to give Texas Tech an early lead. "You're always going to go out there and get some buckets quick," said Perkins. The quick start resulted in a 15-3 run to start the game. The Lady Raiders finished the first half even stronger than they started it, going on an 18-3 run to take a 39-16 lead at the half.

The Lady Raiders experimented with some zone defenses and new offensive sets in the second half. The new plays gave Western Kentucky some scoring chances, but Texas Tech was able to slowly build their way to an 88-47 victory.


This was definitely a better offensive performance than the Lady Raiders' first game, but it still wasn't perfect. Missed lay-ups continue to be a problem for the Lady Raiders, but that problem should fix itself as the number of games played increases. The key to the offense was the perimeter play. Solid shooting from the guards combined with good movement on the perimeter really opened up the inside game. Jametra Clark took advantage of the opportunity by scoring a career high 15 points. "I was really pleased with Jametra," said Coach Sharp. Latoya Davis also had a good game in the post, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Jia Perkins scored 18 points, thanks in part to a great start. Alesha Robertson had another double digit performance in the game, scoring 10 points.


The defense in the first half was stifling. The athleticism of the lady Raiders, combined with their size advantage caused lots of problems for the Lady Toppers. Western Kentucky was only able to connect on 20.7% of their shots in the first half. The second half saw the Lady Raiders playing a lot of zone defense. "We probably played more zone defense than we've played in a long time," said Coach Sharp. While the zone wasn't played perfectly, the players showed rapid improvement as the game progressed. The Lady Raiders managed to force 26 turnovers in the game, which fueled their transition offense. The biggest problem defensively was defensive rebounding. The Lady Raiders gave up 17 points to the smaller Western Kentucky team. Defensive rebounding will have to improve soon if the Lady Raiders are going to achieve their goals for this season.

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