In the second half the Lady Raider defense improved on an already impressive performance by holding the Gauchos to just 4 field goals for the entire half. The smothering defense fueled several runs by Texas Tech. The Lady Raiders used a 15-0 run to extend their lead to 26 points with 8:28 left in the game. Texas Tech was able to maintain the lead for the remainder of the game, and won by a score of 68-41.
The offense showed improvements over their previous outing, managing to shoot 37.7% despite the physical defense of the Gauchos. The key according to Head Coach Marsha Sharp was patience. "We were patient enough on offense that we found good shots," said Coach Sharp. Perkins continues to be the go-to player on the floor, scoring 22 points and dishing out 4 assists in tonight's game. Natalie Ritchie had her first double digit game of the season, scoring 11 points in the game. Erin Grant did a good job distributing the ball by passing for a game high 5 assists. The only negative offensively was that the Lady Raiders made just 4 of 14 shots (18.2%) from behind the arc. Shot selection wasn't really a problem, but open shots were being missed.
The numbers tell most of the story defensively. The Gauchos made just 13 of 55 shots (23.6%, and only made 4 of 26 shots (15.4%) in the second half. These numbers would be impressive against any team, but to play that kind of defense against a top twenty program is a tremendous accomplishment. Chesley Dabbs played a good defensive game and finished the game with a career-high 5 steals. Jia Perkins showed her athleticism by getting 2 blocks in the game. The Lady Raiders seem to play much better when the opponent tries to make it a physical game, and this was no exception. The Gauchos came out swinging, and Texas Tech stepped up to the challenge. "By far the most aggressive we've been on the defensive end," said Coach Sharp. If the Lady Raiders could get this kind of defensive effort every game, they would be extremely tough to beat.