Lady Raiders blow out Cowgirls

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (15-0, 1-0) defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls (6-7, 1-1) in dominating fashion to open conference play. Natalie Ritchie made a school record 8 three pointers on her way to a career high 27 points as she led the Lady Raiders to a 106-43 victory.

Texas Tech took control of the game early with a 29-0 run that spanned nine minutes and gave Texas Tech a 33-4 lead with 9:16 left in the half. The Lady Raiders expanded on their lead with a 6-0 run to make the score 37-6 with 7:21 left in the half. Texas Tech continued expanded their lead to 57-14 at the half. The Lady Raiders continued to pull away throughout the second half, winning by a final score of 106-43. Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp was pleased with the performance. "I suppose if you were going to draw up how you would like for your team to play their first Big Twelve game, this would be it," said Coach Sharp.


Tonight showed that Texas Tech is definitely capable of winning a National Championship. Texas Tech shot the ball extremely well tonight, making 24 of 33 (72.7%) of their shots in the first half, and made 61.7% of their shots in the game. Led by Natalie Ritchie's 8 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, the Lady Raiders made 14 of 18 (77.8%) of their three point attempts. When Texas Tech shoots this well, there is no team in the country that can stay within twenty points of the Lady Raiders. Natalie Ritchie scored a career-high 27 points in the game on her record setting night. "I didn't know anything about the record, like breaking it or anything. Coach Sharp told me at the time out, and she set up a play just for me. I have to thank Coach sharp so much for doing that for me," said Ritchie. Jia Perkins had a good first half on her way to 21 points. Jametra Clark and Alesha Robertson both scored 15 points in the game.


The Lady Raiders defense might have been overshadowed by their offensive performance, but it was impressive in its own right. Oklahoma State was held to just 20% from the field in the first half. While the second half saw some letdown defensively, the game was never in question. Cisti Greenwalt set the tone defensively with 5 blocks, changing the flow of the Cowgirls' offense. "Greenwalt controlled the defensive end of the floor," said Coach Sharp.

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