Lady Raiders knock off top ranked Texas

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (23-4, 9-4) defeated the Texas Lady Longhorns (23-3, 11-2) by a score of 62-49 to notch their first win over a #1 ranked team since they beat then number one Vanderbilt in the 1993 semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Senior Jolee Ayers-Curry scored 15 points to lead the Lady Raiders to victory.

Texas Tech got in front early with a 5-0 run to make the score 7-2 with 17:49 left in the first half. The lead didn't last long though. Texas tied the game at 13 points, and took the lead with a 5-0 run to take a 22-19 lead with 4:44 to go in the half. An Erin grant three pointer tied the game at 24 before Texas scored 7 straight points to give the Lady longhorns a 31-24 lead with 1:26 left in the half. Texas led 31-26 at halftime.

The Lady Raiders wasted no time in the second half, scoring the first 10 points of the half to take a 36-31 lead with 16:45 left in the game. The Lady Raiders extended their lead with a 7-0 run to make the score 47-38 with 9:24 to go in the game. Texas closed the gap to as few as 6 points before Texas Tech pulled away, winning by a final score of 62-49.

Offense

Texas Tech came into this game needing someone to step up with post offense, and that's exactly what happened. Jolee Ayers-Curry and LaToya Davis were too much for Texas to handle. Ayers-Curry scored a season high 14 points, while Davis tied her career high with 15 points in the game. Erin Grant scored 11 points, but more importantly she dished out 9 assists. The game started out somewhat sloppy for the Lady Raiders, who had 12 turnovers in the first half, but the problems were absent in the second half which had only 2 Texas Tech turnovers. Ball movement was the key, as Texas Tech consistently made the extra pass to create a better shot. This is exactly what Texas Tech needs to do in order to compete in the NCAA tournament.

Defense

There is one stat that describes the defense today. Stacy Stephens and Tiffany Jackson scored 14 total points, and shot 4 of 16 from the field. The game plan coming into the game was to stop the dangerous pair of post players, and the Lady Raiders ran the plan to perfection. Ayers-Curry and Davis deserve a lot of the credit for stopping the Lady Longhorns' post players.. In addition to those two, Casey Jackson did a good enough job to allow Ayers-Curry some much needed rest in the first half Despite all of the problems this season has brought, this team is still playing good enough defense to compete with any team in the country.


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