Lady Raiders dominate Pepperdine

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (14-0) continued their historic start with a 95-53 victory over the Pepperdine waves. The Lady Raiders were led by Senior Natalie Ritchie who scored 19 points and made 5 of 6 shots from behind the arc. Today's victory, along with yesterday's Connecticut loss, may place the Lady Raiders atop the AP poll for the first time in program history.

Texas Tech jumped out early with a 12-2 run to start the game, and never let Pepperdine back into the game. "I thought we got off to a great start," said Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp. An 11-0 run made the score 23-5 with 1:07 left in the half. A 13-0 run late in the half extended the lead to 44-11 with just 3:49 to go in the half. Texas Tech led 50-21 at the half.

The Lady Raiders started the second half with a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 59-21. Pepperdine was never able to get back into the game thanks to the tough Texas Tech defense. Texas Tech won the game by a score of 95-53.

Offense

The Lady Raiders had no trouble scoring on the Pepperdine defense. Five players finished the game in double digits. Natalie Ritchie had her best game of the season, scoring 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting. Jametra Clark had a strong second half on her way to 17 points. Clark has been a key factor in the emergence of the Texas Tech post game. "Our post game is much more of a contributor noe," said Coach Sharp. Jia Perkins scored 15 points in the game, despite having some problems finding her shot. Alesha Robertson and Jolee Ayers-Curry each scored 10 points in the game. The Lady Raiders have shown that they have more than enough firepower to score enough to win. If they can continue this type of play for the rest of the season they will be tough to beat.

Defense

This Lady Raider team has been able to take advantage of it's depth to make defense their biggest strength. With a rotation that is a legitimate eleven players deep, Coach Sharp is able to rotate in fresh players throughout the game. This allows Texas Tech to play aggressive defense for 40 minutes without having to worry about fatigue or foul trouble. This is statistically the best defense in the country, but the numbers don't really do justice to the ability of this team to play on the defensive end of the court.


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