Lady Raiders fall to Oklahoma, 68-62

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (20-4, 6-4) saw their hopes of a conference title disappear along with their 17 game home winning streak thanks to the Oklahoma Sooners (15-6, 5-5) Maria Villarroel led the Sooners with 20 points, while Erin Grant scored 20 points to lead the Lady Raiders.

Oklahoma started the game strong, taking an 8-6 lead with 13:18 left in the half thanks to a 6-0 run. Texas Tech answered with an 8-0 run to take a 14-8 lead with 10:09 to go in the half. Oklahoma used a 5-0 run to bring the score to 14-13 with 17:26 left in the half. Texas Tech tried to take control of the game with a 7-0 run that extended the Lady Raiders' lead to 21-13 with 4:57 to go in the half. Oklahoma scored the final 5 points of the half to make the score 27-22 at half time.

In the second half, Oklahoma took a 34-33 lead with 13:15 left in the game after scoring 5 straight points. After some back and forth action the Sooners scored 12 unanswered points to take a commanding 50-38 lead. A 5-0 Lady Raider run made the score 54-47 with 2:08 left in the game. Texas Tech closed the gap to as few as 4 points, but Oklahoma made their free throws to seal the victory. Oklahoma won by a final score of 68-62.

Offense

Texas Tech couldn't find any rhythm on offense tonight. Part of the credit goes to the Oklahoma game plan, but in the end the inability of the Lady Raiders to score rests squarely on the shoulders of the team. Erin Grant scored 20 points, most of them in the final couple of minutes as the gutsy point guard tried to engineer a comeback. Alesha Robertson scored 11 points in the game, but after 9 points early in the game, she was unable to find many open looks. The lack of post offense was definitely the problem tonight. Without post production, the Lady Raiders are a much easier team to stop. The ability of the post players to contribute will determine how far this team can go in the post season.

Defense

The defensive effort was solid, but not enough to win the game. Other than a couple of times where the defense lost track of shooters, this team played with good effort despite the short turnaround. this defense may not produce as many fast breaks as it used to, but they are just as capable of stopping teams in the half court. Cisti Greenwalt blocked 5 shots to tie the school record of 191 blocked shots. Greenwalt accomplished this feat thanks in part to the last two games, where she was a dominant presence in the paint.


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