Lady Raiders shut down Cowgirls

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (8-0) continued their unbeaten streak by defeating the Wyoming Cowgirls by a score of 77 to 26. LaToya Davis led all scorers with 14 points in the game. Four other Lady Raiders scored in double figures in the victory.

Wyoming took the first lead of the game with a three pointer, but the Lady Raiders quickly answered with a 15-0 run to take a 15-3 lead midway through the first half. Texas Tech extended the lead with a 13-2 run, which gave the Lady Raiders a 28-7 lead with just 2:46 left in the half. Wyoming finished the half with a 7-1 run to reduce the lead to 33-16 at the half.

The second half was more of the same as the Lady Raiders started with a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 42-16 with 13:10 left in the game. Texas Tech finished strong, going on a 26-2 run to finish the game. Texas Tech won the game by a final score of 77-26.

Offense

Coach Sharp has talked about balanced offense early in the season, and tonight was a great example of what she's looking for. LaToya Davis scored all 14 of her game-high 14 points in the second half. Davis credited a lot of her success to hard work on the offensive galss. "Like Coach says, sometimes the easiest way to score points is to grab rebounds and stick them back up," said Davis. Jia Perkins was the only starter in double figures with 12 points. Alesha Robertson and Cisti Greenwalt both scored 11 points, while Chesley Dabbs scored 10 points on 5 of 5 shooting. "I just wanted to come in and give a spark off the bench," said Dabbs. Anytime you can have four players come off the bench and score in double figures, you know your team has a lot of depth. While the minutes will almost certainly drop for some of the bench players, this performance does showcase the versatility that the Lady Raiders have. This versatility will allow Coach Sharp to make lineup changes to take advantage of game situations without having to worry about an offensive letdown.

Defense

The Lady Raiders held Wyoming to 10 of 49 (20.4%) from the field, and only gave up a school record tying 26 points all game. Despite the impressive numbers, the defense was even tougher than it looks on paper. Cisti Greenwalt had 6 blocks in the game, her first dominate defensive performance of the season. This team wanted to shut down Wyoming's Ashley Elliot, and that's exactly what they did. "I was really pleased we were able to hold her under fifteen points," said Coach Sharp.


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