Lady Raiders Travel to OSU

Texas Tech's Lady Raiders take their brand-new 1-0 Big 12 Conference record on the road Saturday, visiting Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. The Cowgirls are 5-6 for the year and returned home Wednesday night from a Tiger mauling, 67-49.

Oklahoma State scored early but their first half play was sluggish, and the Tigers led at the half 32-10.

Cowgirl senior Nina Stone topped all scorers with 21 points, and sent her team on a second half rally that closed the gap to 11 with 8:24 remaining, 46-35. Stone played 39 minutes; her feats in the game included three steals, an assist, and three boards.

Starter Destanie Sykes pulled down four boards and hit four field goals; she added one steal and one assist in 31 minutes. Freshman Taleesha Conder hit three shots in a baker's dozen attempts, but neither of her treys succeeded. She collected eight rebounds and hit one field goal to go with two assists and three steals, tying Devry McDonald for the team lead in turnovers at four.

Eliz Gomes, the Cowgirls' center, hit both her free throws and nothing else, but grabbed five boards and stole the ball three times; she had one block, one assist, and two turnovers. McDonald added five points on two field goals and a board.

Catherria Turner came off the bench to produce two points; Brittany Dietz spent 11 minutes on the floor for the Cowgirls and attempted three treys, but was unable to convert. Christian Hood added three boards and two points for OSU. Lynsie Tischhauser fouled out with two points after playing 13 minutes; Karlie Howerton came off the bench to play one minute.

Oklahoma State finished the game shooting 19 of 57 from the floor; Cowgirl shooters sank just two of the dozen they tried from beyond the arc, and collected a total of 34 rebounds. Besides Tischhauser, three Cowgirls collected four fouls apiece, and two others were tagged for three. OSU gave away 19 turnovers in the contest, while obtaining two blocks and a dozen steals.

For Missouri's Lady Tigers, Christelle N'Garsanet turned in a 20-point ballgame with six-of-nine field goals; she hit 8 of 14 at the line and piled on seven boards, five blocks, two steals, and a couple of assists to lead her team. Tiger guards LaToya Bond and Tiffany Brooks poured in 14 points apiece; between them they added 15 rebounds, five assists and six thefts to Missouri's cause. Starting center Megan Roney hit four of four from the charity stripe and one from the floor to go with three boards, one assist and two blocks. Kassie Drew had one block and two steals, Blair Hardiek sank one free throw, Carlynn Saant pulled down five boards and kicked in eight points, ad Cherice Mack gave the Lady Tigers a rebound and a steal.

Missouri converted 22 points off turnovers while giving up just 13, although the ball got away 17 times. The Tigers took four points on the fast break, as did the Cowgirls; Tiger reserves provided a 9-6 margin in scoring over OSU's bench.

Oklahoma State won the points in the paint contest 32-28 and the second-chance scoring 13-11.

Tech junior forward LaToya Davis leads the Big 12 conference in scoring percentage from the field after her second double-double of the season against Oklahoma Wednesday night. The Lady Raiders outlasted a feisty, tough Sooner squad 70-64 aided by Davis' 22 points and a determined defense that, in the final minute of the game, held the Sooners out of shooting range for a full 30 seconds.

Cisti Greenwalt also scored a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Chesley Dabbs added her seventh consecutive double-figures score with 12 points to the Lady Raiders' comeback win.

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