Lady Raiders Dominate Aggies, 83-38

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (20-9, 9-1) used a nice performance by their bench players to defeat the Texas A&M Aggies (9-12, 2-8). Cisti Greenwalt came off the bench to lead all scorers with 21 points.

The Lady Raiders started the game slowly, which prompted Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp to bench the entire starting five with 15:45 remaining in the first half.  The substitutions sparked a 10-0 run that gave Texas Tech a 12-4 lead.  "I thought our players that came off the bench played hard, and did a great job for us", said Coach Sharp.  The bench players stayed in for the remainder of the first half, taking a 32-18 halftime lead.

 

The Texas Tech starting five opened up the second half with more energy.  The Lady Raiders' starters outscored Texas A&M 27-11 before Coach Sharp put the backups into the game.  The bench players continued to extend the lead, winning by a score of 83-38.

 

Offense

 

The Lady Raiders once again showed the Big 12 that they are easily the deepest team in the conference.  With all five starters on the bench, Texas Tech was still able to score easily against the Aggies.  Cisti Greenwalt led the way with an inspired 21-point performance.  Greenwalt played with excellent aggressiveness the entire time she was on the court.  "I was impressed with Cisti tonight and all of the plays she made, said Coach Sharp, "That's exactly what we hope we can get all the time.  We were really pleased with her shot selection and everything that she did".  It would be a great boost for the Lady Raiders if she could continue to play with the same amount of intensity.  Jametra Clark scored a career high 11 points off the bench.  Clark took full advantage of the extended playing time.  Jia Perkins, with 10 points, was the only starter in double figures.  Casey Jackson had her second straight career high in assists, with 9 assists tonight.  Despite the slow start, this was a solid offensive performance.

 

Defense

 

The Lady Raiders had their best defensive performance of the season during the final 36 minutes of tonight's game.  The most exciting part of the performance was the play of the backups.  Everyone who came off the bench played with great intensity, allowing the Lady Raiders' defense to dominate Texas A&M.  From a purely athletic standpoint, Texas Tech has eleven players that could be starters in the Big 12.  This performance is a good sign as the Lady Raiders close out the Big 12 season, it also shows just how strong Texas Tech will be in the seasons to come. 


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