Records Fall as Lady Raiders Rout Miami

The Lady Raiders defeated the Miami Hurricanes Monday night 109-49 in front of over 10,000 fans at the United Spirit Arena. Three players ended the game in double figures, and 2 records were broken in the win.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 9-0 run led by 2 Alesha Robertson 3 point field goals. By far the best start of the season by the Lady Raiders, which has been one point Coach Marsha Sharp has been stressing to the team.

"The most important thing is to improve, " Sharp said, "and I feel better about how we are starting games."

Monday night the Lady Raiders came out looking to prove something to themselves and their fans. Robertson looked to shoot often and early. Every time the ball was in Robertson's hand she was looking to shoot it, and it seemed as though every time she got the ball it was beyond the 3-point arch.

Robertson led Texas Tech with 37 points, making nine 3-pointers, a new team record. Robertson also shot 8 for 8 from the free throw line.

"It feels great, a dream come true, but that's not the big picture. I want to help lead this team, and get us to the point where we can raise a National Championship banner," said Robertson regarding her record night.

Robertson also played well on defense blocking one shot, and coming up with 6 rebounds, 5 of those defensive rebounds. Robertson was also involved in the teams hustle to come up with loose balls.

Sharp on Robertson: "She is a great shooter, and has improved her all around game."

Another record which was sure to fall Monday night did, Cisti Greenwalt went into Monday's game tied for the all time Big 12 shot blocker. With 1 minute left in the 1st half Greenwalt came up with her record breaking block, just 42 seconds later she had her 2nd block of the night on her way 4 for the night. Cisti shot 7 for 13 from the field, and 6 for 7 from the line ending up with 20 points in the game.

Another player in double figures, LaToya Davis, had 12 points for the Lady Raiders. On defense Davis came up with 2 steals, and 5 rebounds, 3 of which were defensive rebounds.

The entire night it seemed as though the Lady Raiders anticipated every pass and play from Miami. Texas Tech also wasn't afraid to attack the ball ending up on the floor many times throughout the game.

This was the most balanced level of play this year by the Lady Raiders. The defense forced Miami to take shot's they didn't want to take, just as they forced UALR not to have any points in the paint. Miami ended the game shooting 18 for 68, only 26% from the field. Tech also was balanced on scoring. The Lady Raiders scored 53 in the first half and 56 in the second. The team looked confident and aggressive the entire game.

Miami Head Coach Ferne Labati commented after the game and acknowledged that her team was over matched and knew the game would be difficult.

Coach Labati had praise for Erin Grant saying, "Grant is a great penetrator, and if you guard her one on one she is difficult to control, It comes down to the point guard, and that's why Texas Tech will be a contender for the National Championship.

And on Darrice Griffin, "I like Griffin, she is one of the best in the country."

The Lady Raiders play Oral Roberts next this Thursday at 7pm at the United Spirit Arena.


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