The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (26-4) will move on the finals of the Big 12 Tournament thanks to their victory over the Kansas State Wildcats (28-3). Plenette Pierson scored 22 points to lead the Lady Raiders to victory.
The first half was played extremely close, with neither team able to take a significant advantage.KansasState never trailed during the first half, but Texas Tech was able to stay close for the entire half.
After a quick start by the Lady Raiders it seemed like KansasState was going to take control of the game in the second half, but the Lady Raiders continued to battle until they got back into the game.The wildcats led by as much as 7 points during the second half.The Lady Raiders took a 55-54 lead with left in the game.This lead would hold for the rest of the game.There was a scary moment near the 1-minute mark, when Natalie Ritchie hit the floor hard.The apparent head injury required the use of a stretcher to take Ritchie off the court.The game resumed after a 6-minute stoppage.When play resumed the Lady Raiders started right where they left off.Erin Grant scored a lay-up to give Texas Tech a 68-63 lead.The Lady Raiders hit their free throws in the closing seconds to secure a 71-65 victory.
The Lady Raiders had one of their most balanced offensive games tonight.Four players finished the game in double figures.Plenette Pierson led the Lady Raiders with 22 points.Natalie Ritchie had another good shooting performance, scoring 14 points, including 4 three pointers.Jia Perkins had 11 points and 4 assists in the game.Erin grant scored 10 points and dished out 6 assists as she did a great job running the offense.Hopefully Ritchie will be back in the lineup on Saturday.She's had a great tournament so far, and her outside shooting could be a great asset against Texas.
Whenever you play KansasState, you know that the bulk of their offense is going to come from their big three.This was certainly the case tonight.The trio of Ohlde, Wecker, and Mahoney scored all but 6 of the Wildcats points.This was another case of a great defensive game plan that was executed well by the players on the court.When the offense goes cold, the Lady Raiders know they can count on their defense to keep the game close.If the Lady Raiders can replicate this defensive performance on Saturday, they will have a great shot at winning the Big 12 Tournament.