Lady Raiders defeat #4 Kansas State, 73-64

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (24-4, 13-3) ended their regular season on an up note with a victory over the fourth ranked Kansas State Wildcats (27-3, 14-2). Senior Plenette Pierson scored 23 points in her final regular season game as a Lady Raider.

Texas Tech started the game quickly, and never really slowed down throughout the first half.  The defense was stifling early, holding Kansas State scoreless for the first 3:20 of the game.  "They came out and set the tone defensively and really played hard on that end of the floor." Said Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp.  The Lady Raiders used a series of runs to extend their lead to as much as 20 points late in the first half.  Texas Tech led 44-29 at the half.


The Texas Tech offense finally began to slow down in the second half, but the Lady Raiders were still able to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the second half.  Kansas State used a late run to make the final score 73-64.




Jia Perkins and Plenette Pierson both had huge offensive games tonight.  Perkins led all scorers with 26 points.  She scored 18 of those points in the first half, when she shot a perfect 8 of 8 from the field.  "Jia made a huge difference tonight.  I think she and Plenette both came out and played like All-Americans," said Coach Sharp.  Kansas State was unable to stop Pierson, who scored 23 points in the game.  Erin Grant did a good job running the offense, and dished out 10 assists.  That number could have been even higher with a little luck.  It was great to see the Lady Raiders get off to a fast start offensively; hopefully they can carry that into the postseason.




Once again the Lady Raiders did exactly what they wanted to do defensively.  Texas Tech decided that guarding the three point shot aggressively would be their best chance to win the game.  "We wanted to take as many three point shots away as we could because we thought that was going to be the toughest thing for us to match," Said Coach Sharp.  They were very successful in that regard, holding Kansas State to just 4 three pointers in the game.  This strategy did allow Kansas State to score inside, but the tradeoff worked well.  LaToya Davis had an outstanding defensive game defending Nicole Ohlde.  Davis gave Lady Raider fans a glimpse of the future of Lady Raider basketball tonight.  Her contributions right now are only scratching the surface of what she can do on the basketball court.

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