Lady Raiders down Tigers

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (22-4, 8-4) defeated the Missouri Tigers (13-10, 4-8) by a score of 73-68 to notch their third straight road win. For the second game in a row, Chesley Dabbs led the way with 14 points. Missouri's Evan Unrau led all scorers with 17 points.

Texas Tech took control of the game early with a 7-0 run to take a 17-10 lead with 15:30 left in the first half. A 5-0 lady Raider run made the score 24-14 with 12:55 to go in the half. Missouri kept things close by scoring 6 unanswered points to make the score 22-26 with 9:08 left in the half. Another run by the Tigers, this time 5 straight points, made the score 28-27 with 5:18 to go in the half. Texas Tech answered with a 5-0 run of their own to make the score 33-27 with 4:24 left in the half. The see-saw battle continued with a 6-0 Missouri run to tie the game at 33. The Lady Raiders scored the final 6 points of the half to take a 41-35 lead at the half.

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.

Offense

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.

Defense

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.


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