Texas Tech started the second half strong, scoring 7 unanswered points to extend their lead to 49-37 with 17:17 left in the game. After watching the lead grow to as many as 14 points, Missouri clawed their way back into the game, using a 5-0 run to make the score 59-52 with 8:55 to go in the game. Another 5-0 run by the tigers made the score 68-64 with just 3:03 left in the game. A jumper by Stretch James made the score 69-66 with 2:16 to go in the game. Missouri drew a foul following a defensive rebound, sending Evan Unrau to the free throw line. Unrau made both free throws to make the score 69-68 with 1:25 left in the game. Erin Grant scored a basket with 10 seconds left in the game, extending the Texas Tech lead to 71-68. Missouri fouled Alesha Robertson, who made both free throws to make the final score 73-68.
Texas Tech continued their hot shooting, making 50% of their shots against the Tigers. Chesley Dabbs set the pace with 14 points. Alesha Robertson overcame a bad start to finish the night with 13 points, and LaToya Davis added 12 points in the game. The offense is starting to show some more balance, but it will have to start performing against tougher opponents, starting with Texas on Sunday.
While the Lady Raiders still aren't forcing as many turnovers as they used to, the defense is till performing well enough to win games. The biggest question on defense is if Cisti Greenwalt will be ready to play on Sunday after an apparent ankle injury in the first half of tonight's game. Regardless of Greenwalt's status, the Lady Raiders will have to find a way to slow down the inside game of the Lady Longhorns if they are going to have any chance of winning on Sunday.