Lady Raiders defeat Buffs, 60-51

Three seniors gave Lady Raider fans one final victory as the Texas Tech Red Raiders (24-5, 10-5) defeated the Colorado Buffaloes (21-6, 10-5) to move into third place in the Big twelve standings. Senior Jolee Ayers-Curry led all scorers with a season-high 16 points in her final game at the United Spirit Arena.

Texas Tech took control of the game early on, but Colorado wasn't going to go away without a fight. A 5-0 run gave the Lady Raiders a 20-13 lead with 9:34 left in the first half. Colorado answered with 5 unanswered points to make the score 20-18 with 7:47 to go in the half. Texas Tech extended their lead to 32-26 at the half.

Neither team was able to dominate in a second half that was characterized by an endless string of short runs. Colorado pulled to within 1 point at the 15:37 mark, and again at the 14:47 mark, but that was as close as the Buffaloes would get to a win. Texas Tech took a 9 point lead, their biggest of the game, with 4:07 left in the game. Texas Tech won by a final score of 60-51.


The offensive end of the court was highlighted by the performances of two seniors and two sophomores who combined for 48 of the Lady Raiders' 60 points. Jolee Ayers-Curry led the way with 16 points. Chesley Dabbs scored 12 points as part of her first double double, which included a career-high 11 rebounds. Natalie Ritchie scored 10 points and tied her career-high with 5 assists. Erin Grant scored 10 points in the game, to go with her 6 assists. This team is playing good on the offensive end, though a little more scoring from the post players would be nice in the NCAA tournament. The perimeter players are playing well enough to make some things happen in the tournament, but they will need consistent play from the post in order to get decent looks.


Defense has always been the key to this team's success, and tonight the Lady Raiders showed how powerful their defense can be. Tera Bjorklund was held in check on the defensive end for most of the game. while she scored 15 points, the 16 points by Ayers-Curry made the matchup a wash. Team defense was the key tonight. Help from the perimeter allowed the Lady Raiders to disrupt the Colorado defense for most of the game. The defense is good enough, but can the offense hold up in the postseason?

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