Lady Raiders Roll Past Rutgers, 94-81

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (10-1) extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 94-81 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (6-3). Senior Plenette Pierson matched a career high with 31 points.

The Lady Raiders got off to another fast start in this game.  Texas Tech used efficient shooting (58.1%) to open up a 48-35 lead at the half.


Rutgers kept up with the Lady Raiders in the second half thanks to a quick start.  The Scarlet Knights pulled within 11 points early in the half before a 5-0 run by the Red Raiders extendded the lead to 16.  Rutgers shrunk the lead to 8 points just past the 8-minute mark.  The Lady Raiders took control of the game with a 7-4 run that gave them an insurmountable lead.




The Lady Raiders showed their offensive balance in this game.  Plenette Pierson tied a career high with 31 points.  This performance equals her 31-point performance against Creighton earlier this season.  Natalie Ritchie scored 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting.  Cisti Greenwalt had a nice game inside with 14 points.  Erin Grant scored 11 points and dished out 12 assists.  Jia Perkins also finished in double figures with 10 points.  The fact that all five starters scored in double figures is a good sign with conference play approaching.   Another positive sign was the offensive rebounding.  Texas Tech grabbed almost half of the rebounds on the offensive glass.  The only real concern is the number of turnovers.  17 turnovers is too high, even for a team that runs as often as the Lady Raiders.  The Texas Tech offense seems to be back on track after a few low scoring games.  With some slight improvements the Lady Raiders could have a nearly unstoppable offense.




This game wasn't the best defensive performance of the season, but it was enough on this night.  Texas Tech held Rutgers to just 40% from the field tonight.  The biggest problem was Cappie Pondexter, who scored 29 points in the game.  Rutgers did a great job protecting the basketball, but the Lady Raiders did force 8 turnovers.  Texas Tech will have some things to work on defensively after this game, but the defense still looks very strong heading into conference play.

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