Texas Tech continued their strong play in the second half. A 13-2 run gave the Lady Raiders a 49-29 lead with 11:57 left in the game. The Lady Raiders managed one last big run, scoring 8 unanswered points to take a 67-43 lead with just 1:44 left in the game. Texas Tech expanded their lead over the final 1:44 to make the final score 73-45.
The offense continues their improvement, this time playing well against an even tougher defense than they faced in the previous game. Jia Perkins led all scorers with 15 points, while Casey Jackson added 10 points as part of her first double-double of the season. Brooke Baughman contributed a career-high 9 points, and made 2 of 3 attempts from behind the arc. The offense looked as crisp as they have all season, but they did have some trouble with Rutgers' full court press. Texas Tech has the athletes to turn that deficiency into a real strength with some work.
This was the fourth straight game that the Lady Raiders held their opponent under 50 points. That's an impressive statistic when the quality of opponent is taken into account. Both UCSB and Rutgers are top twenty teams that will be competitive in their conferences, and will make it to the NCAA tournament. The most impressive thing about the defensive effort was the rebounding. Casey Jackson grabbed 13 of her career-high 19 rebounds on the defensive glass. As a team the Lady Raiders recovered 31 defensive rebounds to Rutgers' 14 offensive rebounds. Jackson's intensity seemed to carry over to the rest of the team. If Texas Tech can continue to rebound with that type of effort they should be able to go deep in the NCAA tournament.