Lady Raiders Lose to Lady Bears in OT

The Baylor Lady Bears' (16-7, 5-6) victory over the Texas Tech Lady Raiders (20-3, 9-2) forced Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp to wait at least one more game for victory number 500. Baylor's Sophia Young led all scorers with 26 points.

Texas Tech used a strong defensive effort in the first half to take an early lead. Some offensive problems allowed Baylor to remain in the game though. The Lady Raiders had a 35-28 lead at the half.

Baylor found it's offensive rhythm in the second half, making the game much closer. The Lady Raiders led by as much as 6 points. Baylor took a 2-point lead in the closing seconds, but a pair of last second free throws by Jia Perkins sent the game into overtime.

Baylor dominated overtime. The Lady Bears scored the first 8 points of overtime, and outscored the Lady Raiders 17-3 in the extra frame. Baylor won by a final score of 86-72.

Offense

The offensive stats don't seem too bad on the surface, but there were some major problems with the Lady Raiders' offense tonight. Texas Tech shot an impressive 53% in regulation. A 1 of 10 performance in overtime brought the percentage for the game down to 46.9%. Plenette Pierson led the team in scoring with 22 points, while Jia Perkins supplied 21 points. The biggest problem on offense was turnovers. It's going to be almost impossible to beat any team on the road when you give up 21 turnovers. Tonight was no exception. The offense seemed very tentative tonight, which may have been the cause of some of the turnovers. Another problem area was free throw shooting. The team had been shooting better from the line, but tonight they had a hard time making anything.

Defense

The first half was a solid defensive performance, but things went downhill from there. The biggest problem on the defensive end was the lack of rebounding. Baylor was able to grab 21 offensive rebounds. The combination of offensive rebounds and turnovers was simply too much for the Texas Tech defense to overcome. Rebounding must be improved sometime in the next two weeks if Texas Tech is going to win the Big 12 title.


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