Lady Raiders Knock Off EV1 Internet All-Star Team

Texas Tech's Lady Raiders squeezed out a second exhibition win over Everyone's Internet by a 68-47 score Monday night at the United Spirit Arena. Senior center <b>Cisti Greenwalt</b> led all scorers with 19 points, collecting 10 rebounds and blocking three shots en route to an outstanding 33-minute performance.

Junior LaToya Davis contributed seven rebounds, two blocks and 12 points to the win, followed by freshman Darrice Griffin with 10 points, three boards and one block.

Tech never trailed during the game, opening play with a 2-0 lead when Davis recovered a Sonia Chase misfire to set up Chesley Dabbs‚ first bucket of the night. The Lady Raiders displayed a patient offense throughout the first half, powered in no small part by outstanding defensive work from Greenwalt, Davis and Alesha Robertson, who pulled down three consecutive rebounds before the 15:00 mark.

Three-point shots refused to fall for either squad: Robertson and Erin Grant each sank one of three attempts while EVI's Keisha Watson saw success just once in six tries.

Hampered by a depleted roster, the seven-player EVI squad trailed 36-25 at the half, but just minutes into the second half EVI had cut Tech's lead to two. As Tech shifted into a zone defense, Davis pulled down a huge rebound and put the ball right back into the bucket. The lead opened to 41-37 with 15:07 to go, and the Lady Raiders never looked back.

EVI polled 10 points from Keila Beacham, who yanked down nine rebounds, and from Felicia Ragland. Watson added nine points, as did Jewel Clark. Dee Dee Warley had five points along with six boards. Ebony Shaw scored four points. Sonia Chase played 23 minutes for EVI, grabbing four steals and one rebound while earning five assists.

Somewhat inconsistent execution plagued Tech, particularly in passes underneath. The Lady Raiders committed 17 turnovers compared to 15 for EVI, but Griffin procured three steals. Grant and Brooke Baughman added a theft apiece to the Lady Raiders‚ cause, as did Davis. Grant, on pace to set a new school record for assists, finished the night with 10. Baughman, Dabbs and Smith had two assists each.

Erin Myrick produced yeoman effort inside and underneath during four minutes on the floor, corralling one rebound. Freshman Judith Smith finished with nine points and three boards. Dabbs and Robertson finished with eight points and six boards each in front of a sold-out, but perhaps two-thirds empty, USA. Watson went down hard with 14:12 left to play. The injury, to her right ankle apparently, did not keep her from returning to the game with just over seven minutes remaining.

Texas Tech's 71.2 shooting percentage from their first exhibition game did not extend into the second outing. For the game, Tech earned 28 buckets on 56 attempts from the field, two of six three-pointers, and 10 of 15 from the charity stripe. EVI produced 20 field goals in 57 attempts, one of six three-pointers, and 6 of 9 free throws, including a perfect four of four in the first half.

Assistant coach Linden Weese said after the game that the Lady Raiders were pleased with the outcome, and with the showing by the three freshmen on the floor.

"Cristi is much more confident and relaxed," Weese said, adding that the coaches push the senior to try for a double-double in every game.

"We're saying ‘You know, you're capable of going out and getting a double-double every time,' so that's what we're asking."

Noting that Smith and Griffin had played well, Weese said, "Erin Myrick did a good job while she was in there, too."

The Lady Raiders‚ next game is Monday night at 7 p.m. against Rice. The Owls will bring a 1-2 record to the contest after losing to Arizona 68-43 Sunday.


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