Lady Raiders still perfect at home

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (18-2, 4-2) kept their home winning streak alive with a 65-56 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies (7-11, 0-7).Cisti Greenwalt scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Raiders to victory.

Texas A&M got off to a quick start with a 5-0 run to take a 5-2 lead with 17:59 left in the half. Texas Tech quickly answered with an 8-0 run to take a 13-7 lead with 11:58 to go in the half. The Aggies closed the gap to just two points with a 5-0 run that made the score 21-19 with 6:42 left in the half. Texas A&M scored the final four points of the half to cut Texas Tech's lead to 30-29 at the half.

Texas Tech used an 8-2 run early in the second half to extend their lead to 40-33 with 16:37 left in the game. The Lady Raiders were able to build their lead to as many as 11 points with 10:08 to go in the game. Texas A&M shrunk the gap to 5 points at the 3:31 mark, but Texas Tech scored the final four points to take the 65-56 victory.

Offense

It looks like Greenwalt and Robertson may be the dynamic duo of the Lady Raiders' new offense. Greenwalt scored 19 points, while Robertson scored 15 points. The Lady Raiders as a whole played a solid game on the offensive end, shooting 50.9% for the game. The post players made their presence felt, scoring 32 of the team's 65 points. This team is slowly shifting towards a more post oriented team, something that should help the shooters get better looks from behind the arc.

Defense

Texas Tech played good defense on the first shot of most possessions, but poor offensive rebounding in the game allowed Texas A&M to take advantage of their athleticism for some easy second chance points. The defensive rebounding did improve in the second half, but the Lady Raiders can't afford that type of rebounding in the first half of Sunday's game. If the same thing happens in Austin, the game could get out of hand early. The good news is that Texas Tech has shown that they can get defensive rebounds, so they should be fine if they remain focused on the defensive glass.


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