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.
"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.
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.