Lady Raiders defeat Baylor in a thriller

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (20-3, 6-3) notched their first conference road win of the season with a 62-59 victory over the Baylor Lady Bears (17-5, 5-4). Alesha Robertson led all scorers with 25 points, but it was LaToya Davis' free throws that sealed the win for the Lady Raiders.

Baylor scored 5 straight points to take an early 5-2 lead with 18:02 left in the half. A 6-0 run by Texas Tech gave the Lady Raiders a 17-11 lead with 13:27 to go in the half. Baylor took used a 7-0 run to take a 20-19 lead with 7:35 left in the first half. Both teams battled for control until Baylor scored six straight points to take a 32-27 lead with just 1:54 to go in the half. Baylor led 33-31 at the half.

Baylor scored the first basket of the second half, but the Lady Raiders scored 10 straight points to give Texas Tech a 41-35 lead with 15:48 left in the game. A 5-0 run stretched the Texas Tech lead to 49-37 with 12:05 to go in the game. Baylor responded with a 5-0 run of their own to make the score 49-42 with 11:20 left in the game. Baylor scored 10 unanswered points to tie the game at 55 with 5:19 to go in the game. Baylor's Chelsea Whitaker scored on a layup with 59 seconds left to give the Lady Bears a 59-58 lead. Chesley Dabbs answered by scoring on a put back with 32 seconds left to give Texas Tech a 60-59 lead. With 10 seconds left in the game, LaToya Davis stole the ball and was fouled, sending Davis to the line. Davis, a 49% free throw shooter made both shots to give the Lady Raiders a 62-59 lead. Baylor's Emily Niemann missed a long three point attempt as time expired, giving the Lady Raiders the 62-59 victory.

Offense

Alesha Robertson had a great first half, but it was LaToya Davis' late heroics that sealed the victory for the Lady Raiders. Robertson scored 25 points in the game. She made 5 of 8 shots from behind the arc, and was 10 of 15 from the field. Robertson showed her ability to take over a game, scoring 16 of the Lady Raiders 31 first half points. Davis scored 13 points in the game, and made the game clenching free throws with just 10 seconds left on the clock. Erin Grant also had a great game. She may not have scored 27 points, but her 11 assists were instrumental in the Texas Tech victory. Overall this might be the most impressive offensive performance since Perkins left the team. The win over Kansas was nice, but when you consider that this game was on the road against a tough Baylor defense, the performance is noteworthy.

Defense

Whenever you play Baylor the defense must stop the Lady Bear's post game in order to win. The Texas Tech defense did just that, in large part due to the defensive play of Cisti Greenwalt. Greenwalt was credited with 4 blocks, but she affected at least twice that number of shots. This is the type of defense that the Lady Raider will have to continue to play if they are going to stay in the Big Twelve title hunt.


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