Lady Raiders Cage Tigers, 84-50

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (17-2, 6-1) used dominating defense to defeat the Missouri Tigers (9-8, 3-3). The Lady Raiders also got a great offensive performance from Plenette Pierson, who scored a career high 32 points.

The Lady Raiders used their defense to take control of this game early.  Missouri was only able to score 13 points on 4 field goals in the first half.  Texas Tech took advantage of this defense by taking a 39-13 halftime lead.

 

The Tigers improved their offense in the second half, but it was too late to make a difference.  The Lady Raiders' offense also picked up in the second half, allowing them to extend the lead throughout the half.  Texas Tech won by a final score of 84-50.

 

Offense

 

The Lady Raiders had a decent offensive performance punctuated by some outstanding individual performances.  Plenette Pierson scored a career high 32 points.  Pierson said, "I was definitely just out there in just my own little world" Missouri tried to stop Pierson with a number of defensive strategies, but none were effective.  Jia Perkins had another fine performance, scoring 18 points.  Jolee Ayers also contributed a season high 9 points.  One of the keys to this offensive performance was the interior passing by Pierson and Ayers.  This passing made it tough for the Tigers to double Pierson.  The Lady Raiders also saw an improvement in free throw shooting, making 18 of 24 free throws.

 

Defense

 

The Lady Raiders played one of their best halves of defensive basketball in the first half.  "I was really pleased with our defense all night", said Coach Sharp.  Texas Tech held the Tigers to just 13 points in the first half.  This defensive performance was a total team effort.  The coaching staff had a great game plan that the players executed to perfection.  Coach Sharp said,  "I thought everyone who played for us really understood our defensive scheme, made some good switches on the perimeter players"  The Lady Raiders came into the game wanting to switch on almost every screen.  By switching Texas Tech was able to keep the Missouri perimeter players from driving to the basket.  Without the chance to drive, the Tigers defense couldn't find open shots.  The defense wasn't quite as good in the second half, but the game was never in question.    


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