The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (16-2, 5-1) got back to winning with a victory over the Colorado Buffaloes (14-3, 4-2). Junior Natalie Ritchie made 5 three pointers as she tied a career high with 21 points.
Colorado scored the first 4 points of the game, but the Lady Raiders answered with a 16-2 run to take control of the game. The Texas Tech lead stayed near 10 points until the Lady Raiders went on a 9-0 run at the seven-minute mark. This run allowed Texas Tech to lead by double digits for the rest of the game. The Lady Raiders led 45-26 at the half.
The Lady Raiders were in control for the entire second half. A 12-2 run with almost seventeen minutes left in the game gave Texas Tech a 30-point lead. Colorado did close the gap as the game continued, but the outcome was never in question. Texas Tech won the game 80-58.
Natalie Ritchie tied a career high with 21 points. Ritchis scored 18 of those points in the first half, allowing the Lady Raiders to take a big lead. Plenette Pierson had another big game with 22 points, while Jia Perkins scored 21 points. This game showed the importance of having another player step up on offense. Colorado focused their defense on Pierson and Grant, but Ritchie's shooting made the Buffaloes change their strategy. With Ritchie making shots from behind the arc, it was almost impossible for Colorado to double Plenette Pierson. It would be a great help if Ritchie could continue to have these kinds of offensive performances. This was a nice rebound game for the Lady Raiders' offense. The schedule gets significantly easier for the next few games.
This game also saw the revitalization of the Lady Raiders' defense. Jia Perkins had 6 steals to lead Texas Tech. Cisti Greenwalt came off the bench to add 4 more blocks to her season total. While the stats were good, the best sign from today's game was the increased effort on defense. Players were fighting for loose balls, and blocking out on the defensive glass. Greenwalt may have earned the right to start in the next game with a nice performance against Colorado. This might be the most aggressive game that Greenwalt has played all season. Regardless of who starts in the next game, this defense is playing good, aggressive basketball right now.