Lady Raiders beat OU, 83-70

A huge win on the road kept Texas Tech's Lady Raiders in contention for the conference title Wednesday night. Tech beat Oklahoma convincingly, 83-70, at the Lloyd Noble Center. Tech's next game is against Oklahoma State University Saturday night in the United Spirit Arena for their final appearance at home.

"It's a well deserved 20th win," Tech's assistant coach Linden Weese said after the game, "and a great time to make it happen." Determined Lady Raiders Erin Grant and LaToya Davis made it happen – the pair combined for 41 of the Lady Raiders' total points and a dozen rebounds. Classmate Chesley Dabbs and starting center Cisti Greenwalt finished in double figures as well.

Oklahoma's Dionnah Jackson led all scorers with 23 points in the game. Two Sooners – Erin Higgins and Leah Rush – fouled out during the contest.

"This (win) was big for us," junior guard Dabbs, who scored 15 points and grabbed two rebounds for the Lady Raiders, said. "We knew that if we wanted to share in the (Big 12 Conference) title, we had to win tonight." She said the game was one of the best the Lady Raiders had put together this season. "I think Coach Sharp and the staff did a great job working with the film, and we were able to put a little kink in our offense. We knew we had to get, especially, Leah Rush in foul trouble."

On Senior Night in Norman, with a crowd of 5,163 on hand, Oklahoma's Lauren Shoush had 10 points and four boards to augment Jackson's impeccable free throw shooting and 7-for-14 from the field. Shoush hit three of six attempts including two of three from three-point country, and collected three blocks, a steal and two assists in 22 minutes. Jackson's 37 minutes on the floor for the Sooners provided an additional four steals and four assists. She had three rebounds.

Tech's sole senior, center Cisti Greenwalt, turned in 19 points and collared nine rebounds. Her shooting – 3 of 4 from the charity stripe, eight of 14 from the floor – only added value to her defensive performance: she had a steal, two assists, and four blocks. Her denial of Higgins' shot at the 4:57 mark carried enough authority to put an end to an OU rally late in the game.

"At halftime Coach Sharp told (Greenwalt) that might be the best half of basketball she's played as a Lady Raider," Weese said.

Grant's 21 points set a season mark for her; 16 of Davis' points came in the second half as the juniors led 14th-ranked Tech's assault on the Sooners. Tech pushed a 16-4 second half into a decisive and lasting lead, during which Davis scored 12 points. At one point, the Lady Raiders had a 19-point advantage after a Greenwalt bucket. Oklahoma refused to give up, however, as Shoush dropped in a trey to light a fire under the Sooners. That 11-0 run brought Oklahoma back into reach of a win, but the Lady Raiders got a huge defensive stop with the score at 71-63. Tech sank four points to extend the lead; the Lady Raiders' defense stiffened to hold at least a nine-point margin through the rest of the game.

Tech started with a blistering scoring percentage, hitting 13 of their first 17 shots of the night and carrying a 43-37 advantage into halftime.

The win brings Tech head coach Marsha Sharp her sixteenth straight year with at least 20 wins; the Lady Raiders have the highest winning total in the entire league over the history of the Big 12 and are 20-5 this year. Oklahoma drops to 15-10 on the season and 7-7 in conference play; Tech's 11-3 Big 12 Conference mark is good enough to hang onto a tie for second place with Texas, who beat Colorado Wednesday night.

Tech's Robertson finished the game shooting two of four beyond the arc and two of two from the line for eight points. She had four boards, three assists, and a steal; she played 37 minutes. Davis hit seven shots in 11 tries from the field and six of seven from the charity stripe for 20 points and one assist, one block, and one steal to go with her eight boards.

Greenwalt hit eight of 14 from the floor and three of four from the line while collecting nine rebounds, two assists, and a steal to go with her four blocks. Dabbs hit four of seven from the floor and seven of eight from the line; she racked up 15 points, four assists, and one steal. Grant hit six of nine including both her attempts from three point country and seven of eight free throws; she collected four rebounds and had three assists plus one block. Grant played 38 minutes; Brooke Baughman, Tech's sophomore backup at point guard, played two minutes. Tawanna Flowers, a freshman, spent eight minutes in the game and grabbed one rebound; classmate Erin Myrick played a minute at the center. Freshman Darrice Griffin spent 18 minutes on the floor, spelling both Greenwalt and Davis; she missed the only field goal she attempted, but got a rebound, an assist, and a block.

Oklahoma's Rush earned 11 points in 23 minutes, collaring three boards and hitting all four of her free throws. Laura Andrews contributed three points and two boards in 20 minutes' effort for the Sooners, while Higgins produced five points, two dishes, a block, and a turnover to go with one rebound in 40 minutes. Shoush played 22 minutes, Jackson 37. Oklahoma's Chelsi Welch, a Plainview native and redshirt freshman, hit one of three from the field and grabbed one board while dishing out two assists in her 11 minutes of play. Beky Preston hit one of two from the field and missed both free throw attempts, but garnered five rebounds, three assists, and a block in 16 minutes.

Antoinette Wadsworth gave OU its best play from the bench with nine points on four of eight shooting, two boards, and a block in 16 minutes. Krista Sanchez hit one of two from the field and both her free throws; she played five minutes, collecting two boards and one assist. Britney Brown played 10 minutes and had two rebounds and one assist.


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