Neither team was able to pull away in the second half. Washington managed to take a 70-66 lead with 1:54 left in the game. Casey Jackson scored on a jumper with 1:13 left to make the score 70-68. Natalie Ritchie hit a pair of freetrhows to tie the game at 70 with 1:06 to go. Erin Grant scored on a jumper with just 12 seconds left to give the Lady Raiders a 72-70 lead. Chesley Dabbs sealed the game by making a pair of freethrows to give Texas Tech a 74-70 lead with just 1.5 seconds left.
Texas Tech was definitely alittle rusty after the extended layoff, but the offense stil lshowed just how balanced it can be. Jia Perkins scored 16 points to lead the team. Cisti Greenwalt scored 15 points to go with her 11 rebounds. Casey Jackson scored 10 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass. Natalie Ritchie scored 10 points, and hit the game tying free throws. At times the Lady Raiders appeared to stop running their offenses, but in the end their athleticism was enough o carry them. The key was probably their work on the offensive boards. Texas Tech grabbed 25 offensive rebounds, which made up for some questionable shot selection. The offense needs to pick things up before they play Stanford on Sunday.
Despite the 27 points by Giuliana Mendiola, Texas Tech played a good defensive game. The Lady Raiders forced 16 turnovers in the game. Perkins led the way with 6 steals, making up for a poor second half on the offensive end. The defense kept the game close until the offense could finally get going late in the game. The defense is still slighly ahead of the offense, and well on their way to being where they need to be for conference plays.