Lady Raiders escape College Station with a victory

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (21-4, 7-4) needed the whole forty minutes to get a 59-58 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies (8-15, 1-11). LaToya Davis snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by scoring with a finger roll off an Erin Grant assist to give the Lady Raiders the win.

Neither team was able to get an advantage in the first half thanks in part to Texas Tech's hot shooting being offset by their inability to hold onto the basketball. The Lady raiders used a small run at the end of the half to take a 34-30 lead, their biggest of the half, into halftime.

It wasn't until the second half that the Lady Raiders were able to find some rhythm on offense. Texas Tech scored eight unanswered points to take a 48-40 lead with 13:09 left in the game. Texas A&M kept the game close, and crept back into the lead with an 8-0 run of their own to take a 58-55 lead with just 19 seconds left in the game. The Aggies chose to foul Cisti Greenwalt on the inbounds, forcing Greenwalt to the line. Greenwalt made both free throws to make the score 58-57 with 15 seconds left in the game. Texas Tech fouled A&M's Toccara Williams, who missed the front end of the one and one and LaToya Davis grabbed the rebound. Erin Grant found Davis under the basket for a layup with less than 6 seconds on the clock. Texas A&M found Lynn Classen for the final shot, but the shot fell short giving the Lady Raiders the 59-58 victory.

Offense

The Lady Raiders did a great job when they took shots, shooting 52% for the game, but their 24 turnovers allowed the Aggies to stay in the game until the end. Chesley Dabbs came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points. LaToya Davis scored 13 points to go along with her 11 rebounds, while Cisti Greenwalt scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Erin Grant dished out 10 assists in the victory, but also had 8 turnovers. The turnover number is troubling after a high number of turnovers in the Oklahoma loss. Texas Tech coaches will be looking to reduce that number right away.

Defense

Defense is still the key for Texas Tech. This team may have its offensive struggles, but the entire team has shown their commitment to playing defense. The Lady Raiders grabbed 33 defensive rebounds, including the all important final rebound by Davis. Greenwalt blocked 3 shots to move take sole possession of the school record for blocks.


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