Lady Raiders ground Jayhawks

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (19-3, 5-3) brought their two game losing skid to a halt with a 67-44 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks (9-10, 2-6). Erin Grant scored a career-high 27 points to lead Texas Tech to victory.

The game got off to a slow start, with the first basket coming two and a half minutes in when Erin Grant hit a jumper to give Texas Tech a 2-0 lead. The Lady Raiders finally found their rhythm, using a 5-0 run to take an 18-10 lead with 13:12 left in the half. Texas Tech followed that run up with a 6-0 run that stretched their lead to 24-11 with 8:58 to go in the half. The Lady Raiders continued to build their lead with an 8-0 run to make the score 32-15 with just 2:51 left in the half. Texas Tech led 34-17 at the half.

Early in the second half, Kansas took advantage of a Texas Tech scoring drought to go on a 6-0 run that made the score 34-23 with 17:03 left in the game. The Lady Raiders finally took control of the game, using a 6-0 run to extend their lead to 53-32 with 9:03 to go in the game. A 5-0 Texas Tech run extended the lead further, making the score 58-34 with 7:11 left in the game. Texas Tech won by a final score of 67-44.

Offense

This game was Erin Grant's chance to show off her offensive skills. Grant scored a career-high 27 points, including 2 three pointers. Grant also dished out 6 assists in the game. Alesha Robertson and LaToya Davis scored 12 points a piece. This game may have a major impact on the way teams defend the Lady Raiders in the future. If Grant continues to be a viable scoring threat, she should be able to force defenses to extend their pressure, opening up space for the post players to operate.

Defense

The defense was the key to this game. Not only did Texas Tech force 25 turnovers, they also scored 31 of their points off of turnovers. This is the best defensive effort that the Lady Raiders have had since the departure of Perkins. The increased defensive tempo allowed the Lady Raiders to push the tempo on the offensive end. Cisti Greenwalt had a solid defensive game, blocking 5 shots. Erin Grant was also a big part of the defensive effort, grabbing 5 steals in the game.


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