Lady Raiders improve to 12-0

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders defeated the Maryland Terrapins 65-53 in the second game of the opening round of the Surf 'N Slam San Diego Hoop Classic at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Sunday. Tech advances to face host San Diego University on Tuesday, December 30 at 10:00 pm CDT. San Diego won the first contest of the night 65-58 over Georgetown.

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders defeated the Maryland Terrapins 65-53 in the second game of the opening round of the Surf 'N Slam San Diego Hoop Classic at the Jenny Craig Pavilion on Sunday. Tech advances to face host San Diego University on Tuesday, December 30 at 10:00 pm CDT. San Diego won the first contest of the night 65-58 over Georgetown.

Maryland and Texas Tech traded leads until the game was tied at 16 midway through the first half. The Lady Raiders went on a run to go up 23-16. Maryland battled back after every Texas Tech scoring bout that followed, but never got closer than 3 points the rest of the way.

Jametra Clark scored a career high 18 points to lead the Raiders in scoring, including a successful 12 of 13 endeavor from the free throw line. Rebounding was a group effort as Jolee Ayers-Curry, Casey Jackson, Jametra Clark and Chesley Dabbs tied for a team high six rebounds. Those efforts helped Tech get 15 more boards than Maryland.

The third-ranked Lady Raiders increased their school record season-opening start to 12-0.

Texas Tech struggled against the Maryland defense to shoot only 33% from the field, but used their own NCAA leading defense to hold the Terrapins' field goal and three point shooting well below their season averages.

Freshman guard Kalika France led Maryland with 18 points. However, the rest of the Terrapins were held to 15 of 46 from the field. Delvona Oliver, a senior forward, had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Shay Doron who leads Maryland in scoring with 14 points per game scored 6 points early in the first half, but could only get 2 more the rest of the way.

Maryland falls to 7-3 with all three losses against ranked opponents.

Tech's Natalie Ritchie made 3 three points shots, two of which came late in the second half to help keep the game out of reach for the Terrapins. Ritchie finished with 11 and Jia Perkins had 9 points.

The Lady Raiders made a season high 92% of their free throw attempts scoring 23 points in 25 attempts. But Tech also tied a season high in turnovers.


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