Tech Falls to Stanford 61-58

Nothing came easy for the Lady Raiders in their first road trip. Stanford scored first and by the time <b>Chesley Dabbs</b> sank a pair of free throws to post Tech's first points, more than ten minutes had elapsed and Stanford led 12-0. Tech never really recovered from its long cold shooting streak in the first half, and lost 61-58 despite playing tenacious defense and posting a 13-3 scoring run in the second half.

Tech couldn't overcome 40% shooting from the field despite holding Stanford to 44% from the floor, and giving away 11 turnovers to Stanford's 13. As a team Tech collected 33 total rebounds but only 11 of those were on offense. Stanford shot 44 percent from the field and collected 39 rebounds in the game.

Erin Grant, the junior point guard who missed the home opener against Rice because of a slight foot injury, provided needed poise by returning to her role as floor commander. She led the team with 18 points despite being called for three fouls in 36 minutes, and hit five field goals in 12 attempts including Tech's lone successful three-pointer. Grant also collected one rebound, four steals and six assists. She sank all seven of her free throws.

Tech trailed by 10 at the half, 32-22. The Lady Raiders scorched out of the locker room on a 6-0 run fueled by a tenacious defense, forcing Stanford to take a timeout. The Lady Raiders continued to play tough, racking up leads as large as four points on two separate occasions. Looking like a different team than they had in the first half, Texas Tech stayed within six points throughout the stanza.

Juniors Dabbs and LaToya Davis kept Tech alive throughout the second period; the lead changed hands as often as possession of the ball in the last three minutes, but Stanford's T'Nae Thiel sank a pair of free throws with less than five seconds remaining to seal the Cardinal victory.

The Cardinal had expected good things from ex-Blue Devil Brooke Smith, and got them as the junior led all scorers with a 22-point output while spending only 29 minutes on the floor. While she added six rebounds and a block to the victory, Smith also committed three fouls. Seventeen-year-old freshman Candice Wiggins proved key to Stanford's win as well, scoring 11 points and snagging three boards while committing four fouls in 33 minutes.

Foul trouble took away Tech's most experienced players in the first half and beset freshman phenomenon Darrice Griffin as well. Griffin had seven points including a clutch free throw in the first half. She collected five rebounds and three fouls in 19 minutes of play and contributed a steal, two assists and one block.

Senior Cisti Greenwalt played only 21 minutes after starting to post game totals of six points, six rebounds, and three blocks while Davis played 31 minutes and finished with three fouls, seven points, four rebounds, a steal, a block and two assists. She hit one of two free throws. Dabbs finished the game with 12 points. The junior's defensive efforts keyed the Lady Raiders' second half comeback as she collected six rebounds and two blocks in 40 minutes on the floor.

Sophomore standout Alesha Robertson played 40 minutes, hit two of nine shots from the field, sank both her free throws, pulled down five rebounds and stole the ball twice. Fellow sophomore Brooke Baughman relieved Grant at the point for four minutes and collected one rebound.

Freshman Erin Myrick turned in nine minutes to relieve Greenwalt at the post; she hit one of four from the field, finishing the game with one rebound and one foul.

The Lady Raiders return home to play December 2 against Arkansas-Little Rock. Tech is 1-1 for the season. The Trojans are 0-3 this season.


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