Lady Raiders Defeat Washington 99-67

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (1-1) got a great performance from the entire team as they defeated the Washington Huskies (1-1) by a score of 99-67. Point guard Erin Grant had a career high 14 assists to lead the Texas Tech offense.

In the first half the Lady Raiders played dominating defense on their way to a 46-24 lead at the half. Washington Coach June Daugherty said, "Defensively they got after us very early, and created a lot of turnovers on our first ten possessions".

In the second half, the defense wasn't quite as strong, but the offense continued to put up points. Texas Tech outscored Washington 53-43 in the second half, on their way to a 99-67 victory.

Offense

Washington played a number of different defenses throughout the game. In the first half, Washington played primarily zone defenses. The Lady Raiders were able to score against these zones consistently. Penetration by the guards, along with some good shooting, defeated the Washington zone. In the second half, Washington tried some man, as well as full court defenses. The Lady Raiders used good movement, and passing, to create open shots. Erin Grant was the catalyst for the offense in today's game. Grant was able to use the dribble to penetrate the Washington zone. This caused the zone to collapse, which allowed Grant to pass the ball to open players. Grant finished the game with 14 assists, just 3 shy of the Texas Tech single game record for assists. Natalie Ritchie did her part by scoring 20 points, including 4 three pointers. Plennete Pierson had 15 points, while Jia Perkins and Latoya Davis each had 14 points. Playing against the Washington zone defense will be good preparation for conference play. Coach Marsha Sharp said, "It was a great opportunity for us to go against some zone, because some of the teams in the Big 12 Conference will defend us similar to that".

Defense

The defense played an impressive game today. The Lady Raiders were able to hold Washington to just 24 points in the first half. Early in the game, the Texas Tech post defense was strong. When Washington tried to go to a more perimeter-oriented game the Texas Tech guards were able to apply pressure. This pressure forced 20 Washington turnovers, including 8 steals. Jia Perkins led the team with 3 steals, while Erin Grant had 2. The Lady Raiders also showed good improvement in rebounding. Texas Tech held a 43-33 edge in total rebounds, and a 17-13 edge in offensive rebounds. These rebounds, along with the turnovers, allowed the Lady Raiders to get their transition game going. The defense needs to continue this level of play throughout the season.

Highlights
Erin Grant - Erin Grant's numbers today would be impressive for anyone, but they become more impressive when you realize that she is a freshman. Grant had 14 assists and just 2 turnovers in only her second game as a Lady Raider. "She takes everybody else's game to another level", said Coach Marsh Sharp. Grant certainly earned the respect of the Washington coaches today. The best comment of the day came from Washington Coach June Daugherty, who said, "I think she might have some eyes in the back of her head or something".
Depth – The Lady Raiders were able to go 11 players deep, with very little drop in production, against a good Washington team. This depth will not only allow the Lady Raiders to keep fresh players in the game, it will also allow for situational substitutions. The Lady Raiders' depth will play an important role in conference and postseason play.


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