Lady Raiders Defeat Cyclones, 70-48

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (19-2, 8-1) continued their quest for the Big 12 Championship by defeating the Iowa State Cyclones (9-11, 4-5). Junior Jia Perkins led all scorers with 19 points.

Texas Tech used dominating defense to take control of the game early in the first half.  The Lady Raiders started the game with a 12-3 run.  Texas Tech used a 15-0 run near the midway point of the half to take a 29-8 lead.  Iowa State did close the gap slightly as the half ended.  Texas Tech led 34-17 at the half.


Iowa State played better offensively in the second half, but the Lady Raiders were able to maintain the lead.  Texas Tech extended the lead towards the end of the game, winning by a score of 70-48.


"I thought we had a great crowd in the arena today.  They did an awesome job of supporting us, trying to give us a little bit of help whenever Iowa State tried to make a run at us", said Coach Sharp.  Coach Sharp also credited the players, saying, "That was probably as closely as we've followed the game plan all year".     




The Lady Raiders showed the rest of the league how hard it is to stop their offense.  Iowa State chose to take away Plenette Pierson and Natalie Ritchie, but allowed other players to have big offensive games.  Jia Perkins had a game high 19 points.  "You hope that you have players that have a little pride in the fact that if they decide not to guard them, that they can step up and make plays.  Obviously Jia had 19 points today, so I think she answered that bell really well", said Coach Sharp.  Miklannet Tennal had a career high 12 points.  Tennal was able to make 4 of 5 shots from behind the three point line.  "They guarded Nat real hard, so that left me open for the first half.  That's easy when you're open", said Tennal.  Plenette Pierson had 12 points even though she was heavily defended for most of the game.  Casey Jackson showed her versatility by leading the team with a career high 5 assists in just 19 minutes.




Once again, the Lady Raiders used outstanding defense to take a big lead early in the game.  "I don't know what you can say about their defensive effort", said Coach Sharp.  "I thought we played with so much heart and everybody we put on the floor really went and defended as well as they possibly could".  Texas Tech held the Cyclones to 25% from the field in the first half.  The game plan for this game was to take away the opportunity for three pointers.  The Lady Raiders executed this plan well, allowing just 3 three pointers in the game.  Texas Tech once again switched on almost every screen.  At times this caused some defensive mismatches, but it did stop the Cyclones.  "at times we were matched up with people that were different sizes than us.  Either post players or Plenette on a guard", said Coach Sharp.  "I think we did a really good job making them take shots they didn't necessarily want to take".  Another important factor in the defensive success was defensive rebounding.  Texas Tech gave up just 2 offensive rebounds in the game.  The Lady Raiders have shown their ability to defend the perimeter; the only remaining question is how well they can defend the post against bigger players.

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