Lady Raiders Swamp Hurricanes

For their fourth game of the year the Texas Tech Lady Raiders put together the most complete effort the squad has yet delivered – and in the process conducted a clinic on dismantling a zone defense, garnered a conference record for their senior starter, and set a new school record, all while beating the University of Miami handily Monday night, 109-49.

From start to finish, Texas Tech never let up; the intensity kept the highly vocal home crowd in the game all night. For the second game in a row, all but one of the Lady Raiders played, and all but one scored. Senior Cisti Greenwalt collected her third double-double of the season: 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks – incidentally picking up the Big 12 conference record for blocked shots.

Greenwalt played 24 minutes, dominating underneath and scoring virtually at will. Along the way, she earned credit for four blocks, bringing her career number to 212.

Sophomore Alesha Robertson set a new school record for three-point field goals, sinking nine out of her dozen attempts. Perfect from the free-throw line, Robertson hit 10 of 16 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, added one assist to her performance, and finished the game with a career-high 37 points.

Robertson's silken long shot proved available all night as Miami stubbornly stuck to a zone defense. Junior Guard Chesley Dabbs took advantage of the same seam in that zone from the back side for a trey of her own; late in the game freshman guard Tawanna Flowers saw open looks for threes at the same weak spot in Miami's defense as well.

Of the record, Robertson said after the game, "That's a real honor … but that's not really the big picture. The big picture is that I can take that ability and use it to take us farther and help us get a conference championship."

Robertson's record-breaking performance began with her first shot of the game, giving the Lady Raiders a 3-0 lead. Miami's Imani Dhahabu overstayed her three seconds in the lane, and the turnover put the ball back in Tech's hands. Robertson promptly doubled the margin from beyond the arc.

Robertson collected a rebound on the other end of the floor, passed to Grant for a drive up the court, and watched as Greenwalt converted inside. A foul gave Greenwalt an additional point, and the Lady Raiders appeared to be off to the races.

Tech never trailed, and the Lady Raider defense simply stifled the Hurricanes. At the half, Tech led 53-21. By halfway through the second half, Robertson had 34 points – and so did the entire Hurricane team.

Patience paid. The fast break broke Tech's way. Miami tried, but the Hurricanes were simply no match for Tech. Perhaps the frustration overbuilt: with 7:24 to go in the second half, down 89 to 34, Miami head coach Ferne Labati had to be escorted back off the court after protesting a foul called underneath.

Robertson sank the free throws as a result of that technical foul as well.

Much went right for Tech – and as much if not more went wrong for Miami. While the Lady Raiders only turned over the ball seven times all night, Miami coughed up 17; in exchange for eight steals, Tech was robbed only twice. Lady Raider players grabbed a team total of 49 rebounds to Miami's 41; Tech's bench outscored Miami's 29 to 10.

Tech's juniors had a fulfilling night: point guard Erin Grant finished the game with a full dozen assists, three rebounds, one block and two points in 25 minutes. Forward LaToya Davis racked up 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two takeaways in 21 minutes. Dabbs earned nine points, a block, a rebound, two assists and a steal.

Sophomore Brooke Baughman spent 17 minutes on the floor. She did not score, but earned five assists and yanked down one rebound. Transfer Patrice Edwards, Tech's 6'6''sophomore post player, turned in a stellar performance of her own late in the second half – while on the floor for five minutes, she made one assist, blocked two shots, grabbed a rebound, didn't miss a field goal attempt and sank a free throw to finish with nine points.

Darrice Griffin also played for 17 minutes; the Lady Raiders' most experienced freshman finished the game with eight points, 10 rebounds, a block and a steal. Flowers put her eight minutes to good use, scoring once, rebounding once, and earning one assist.

Freshman Judith Smith had her best game of the year, earning five points, grabbing three rebounds and a takeaway, and racking up two assists in nine minutes. In 12 minutes freshman post Erin Myrick earned three points, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists; in the first half she spelled Greenwalt extensively. Enrica Johnson scored a field goal and grabbed a rebound.

Miami's top scorer was Tamara James with 16 points. Albrey Grimsley added 13 points, while Dhahabu had six to go with a team-high nine boards. Amy Audibert scored four points for the Hurricanes, Yalonda McCormick three, Fallon Phanord finished with one, and three Miami players scored two points each – Tatiana Marincec, JoJuana Jones, and Marianne Curtis.

Tech moves to 3-1 for the season; Miami falls to 3-5. The Lady Raiders' next opponent is Oral Roberts University, who come to the USA Thursday night fresh from a victory over Oklahoma State University.

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