Lady Raiders defeated by Texas, 82-73

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (18-3, 4-3) lost their fourth straight game to the Texas Lady Longhorns (19-2, 7-1), going back to last season. Stacy Stephens led all scorers with 28 points, while Alesha Robertson led the Lady Raiders with 15 points.

The first half was a real struggle, with neither team able to extend their lead beyond 5 points. There were 18 ties or lead changes in the see-saw action of the first half, with the largest lead being Texas' 5 point lead with the score at 36-31 late in the half. Texas Tech closed the gap to 38-35 at the half.

In the second half, the Lady Longhorns extended their lead to 48-41 early in the second half. Texas Tech was able to take the lead, making the score 56-55 when Cisti Greenwalt scored on a jumper of the backboard. Texas quickly answered, extending their lead to as much as 11 points in the final minutes of the game. Texas won by a score of 82-73.

Offense

The offense in this game was solid, though it lacked the balance that the Lady Raiders needed to win the game. Alesha Robertson led the way with 15 points. Erin Grant continued her strong play against Texas with a 14-point performance. Chesley Dabbs and Cisti Greenwalt scored 10 points a piece. The lack of post scoring was the downfall of Texas Tech offensively. Without a scoring threat inside, Texas quickly extended their defense to shut down the perimeter game of the Lady Raiders.

Defense

For the second straight road game the Lady Raiders allowed an opponent to shoot 55% from the field. Tiffany Jackson and Stacey Stephens were the dynamic duo as they dissected the Lady Raider defense. The decision to not use help defense makes sense, but both Jackson and Stephens present a serious matchup problem in a one on one situation. The defense has to start playing better on the road if the Lady Raiders are going to have a shot at a conference title.


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