Lady Raiders Crush Ole Miss

A Sunday crowd of 11,650 watched as the Lady Raiders defeated the Ole Miss Lady Rebels 86-38. With the win, the Lady Raiders set a team record holding Ole Miss to just 16.2 percent shooting, the old record set last against SMU when the Lady Raiders held the Mustangs to 16.9 percent shooting.

"We got off to a great start, and I liked the tone we set at the beginning of the game," said Texas Tech head coach Marsha Sharp after the game.

The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the game and never looked back. Junior Chesley Dabbs led the Lady Raiders with 21 points, while Sophomore Alesha Robertson went 4 of 8 from the 3-point line and racked up a total of 16 points. Senior Cisti Greenwalt only played 18 minutes because of foul trouble and was held scoreless all day.

"When we've needed to, we've found a player to step up," Coach Sharp talking about Chesley Dabbs play this Sunday.

Sunday's game was one of those where the Lady Raiders needed someone to step-up. The Lady Rebels had Greenwalt in foul trouble early, taking away the inside game the Lady Raiders attack first. Robertson didn't look confident from the field only going 2 of 9, and 1 of 3 from the 3-point line. Texas Tech came out very balanced in the game and played well the entire 40 minutes.

The bench for the Lady Raiders stepped up as well throughout the game. Judith Smith scored 13 off the bench and provided a spark to the team, and Erin Myrick who played in place of Greenwalt scored 8 with 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots.

The Lady Raiders shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and 52 percent in the 2nd finishing the game shooting 51.5 from the floor, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90.9 percent from the free throw line.

The Lady Raiders had their best defensive outing yet this season holding Ole Miss to just 16.2 percent from the field. Leading the Lady Rebels in scoring was Freshman Dee Forrest who had 15 points.

The 13th ranked Lady Raiders will next be in Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Duel in the Desert Saturday and Sunday December 18th and 19th. Texas Tech will play Arkansas State at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and face either Virginia Tech or Western Michigan on December 19th. The Lady Raiders will play their next home game on Dec. 21st against Penn State at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.

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