Lady Raiders Win Paradise Classic

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (7-1) defeated the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine (6-3) in dominating fashion to complete their trip to Hawaii. Plenette Pierson led Texas Tech to victory with 16 points.

After a slow start the Lady Raiders were able to take control of the game midway throughthe first half.  Texas Tech's defense was able to hold Hawaii to just 17 points in the first half.  The Lady Raiders led 33-17 at the half.

 

Texas Tech continued to pull away in the second half.  The Lady Raider defense kept Hawaii from making any serious comeback attempts.  Hawaii was able to reduce the margin late in the game.  Texas Tech won by a final score of 67-40

 

Offense

 

Hawaii was determined to keep the tempo slow, but the slow tempo couldn't stop the Lady Raiders.  Texas Tech proved that they could score without relying on the fast break.  Plenette Pierson led alls corers with 16 points.  Jia Perkins was the only other Lady Raider in double figures with 14 points.  Jia Perkins led Texas Tech with 6 assists in the game.  This offensive performance was a good improvement over the last two outings.

 

Defense

 

This might have been the most impressive outing by the Texas Tech offense this season.  Hawaii was only able to score 40 points in the game, and just 17 in the first half.  This accomplishment is even more impressive when you realize that 16 of those 40 points were scored on freethrows.  The favorable calls for Hawaii weren't enough to beat this Texas Tech defense.  The key to the defense so far has been the quickness that the Lady Raiders possess.  I'm not sure that anyone in the Big 12 can match this quickness.  Texas Tech's defense should continue its dominance in the next few games.  The next real test will be on January 15th in Norman.

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