500 and Counting…

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (21-3, 10-2) defeated the Oklahoma Sooners (15-10, 6-6) to give Head Coach Marsha Sharp her 500th victory. Forward Plenette Pierson scored 23 points to lead the Lady Raiders to victory.

The first half was dominated by the tough defenses of both teams. With both defenses playing so well, neither team could find a rhythm on the offensive end. Oklahoma did lead by as much as 9, but Texas Tech used a 7-0 run to tie the game with 49 seconds left in the half. Oklahoma scored a basket with 36 seconds left to take a 25-23 lead at the half. "I was concerned at halftime that maybe we hadn't played with quite enough energy and intensity to win the ball game," said Coach Sharp.

The Lady Raiders finally found some offense in the second half. Texas Tech used a 14-0 run at the 16:15 mark to take a 10-point lead that they would never relinquish. Texas Tech would maintain and extend their lead for the rest of the game. Texas Tech won by a final score of 59-48.

After the game, Coach Sharp spoke about her 500th victory. "First of all I want to thank all of our fans for supporting us so much tonight," said Coach Sharp. "This program is much bigger than one person. It's a lot bigger than I am, or any other person that's been a part of it."

Offense

The Lady Raiders had some problems in the first half. The biggest problem was that Jia Perkins couldn't get her shot to fall, this allowed Oklahoma to really focus on Plenette Pierson. The other problem was turnovers. The twelve turnovers in the first half made it hard for the offense to get going. Things improved in the second half, but overall this wasn't the offensive performance that Texas Tech would like at this point in the season. Pierson led Texas Tech with 23 points. LaToya Davis came off the bench to score 12 points. Erin Grant finished the game with 8 assists, 6 of which were in the second half. The turnovers are a concern, but I think the problem will be corrected before the Lady Raiders play the Longhorns.

Defense

Once again, the Lady Raiders' defense came through when they needed to. With the Texas Tech offense faltering, the Lady Raiders played aggressive defense to keep themselves in the game. The only chink in the Texas Tech defense was Oklahoma's Chelsi Welch, who scored 23 points in her return to the South Plains. Plenette Pierson's 4 blocks is the only defensive stat that stood out in tonight's game. What the stats don't show is the great defensive effort put forth by every player. As long as the Lady Raiders play with the same level of intensity on the defensive end of the court, they will have a chance to win every game.


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