The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (15-2, 4-1) lost their first conference game of the season the Texas Lady Longhorns (12-4, 5-0). The victory gives Texas Coach Jody Conradt 800 victories for her career.
Texas jumped out to an early lead with an 11-0 run to start the game.Texas Tech scored 11 of the next 14 points to make the score 14-11.The Lady Raiders would never get closer than 3 points for the rest of the game.Neither team was able to establish much of an offensive game for the rest of the first half, resulting in the lead staying small.Texas led 30-23 at the half.
The scoring picked up in the second half, but Texas stayed in control for most of the game.The Lady Raiders would close the gap to 51-54 with left in the game, but Texas responded with a 6-0 run that put the game out of reach.Texas won the game by a score of 69-58.
Offensively, this game was a tale of two halves.The offense never found a rhythm in the first half, scoring just 23 points.In the second half the offense improved, but it wasn't quite enough to get the victory.Plenette Pierson and Jia Perkins both scored 16 points to lead the Lady Raiders offensively.These points were pretty evenly divided between the first and second halves.Perkins scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half, while Pierson scored all 16 of her points in the second half.Pierson was forced to sit for most of the first half due to foul trouble.The biggest problem, especially in he first half, was a lack of patience.The Lady Raiders tried to push the tempo too much, which was the primary reason they committed 20 turnovers.It is nearly impossible to win on the road when a team commits that many turnovers.The Lady Raiders' offense will be fine as long as they can reduce the number of turnovers next game.
The Lady Raiders would have played a stellar game defensively, but defensive rebounding proved to be a major problem.Texas tech gave up 21 offensive rebounds, which erased any advantage they gained by playing good defense.These rebounds allowed Texas to take 11 more shots than the Lady Raiders.This rebounding advantage combined with the turnovers was simply too much to overcome.Defensive rebounding was also a problem in the Lady Raiders' only other loss.If Texas Tech is going to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament, they need to improve on the defensive boards.Erin Grant deserves some recognition for her outstanding defensive play in the final 10 minutes of the game.After picking up her fourth foul Grant remained in the game.She continued to play with great aggressiveness for the rest of the game, despite the foul trouble.Her ability to keep from fouling out, while still playing tough defense, will be an asset down the road.