Lady Raiders Fall to Texas in Final

The Texas Lady Longhorns became the Big 12 Tournament Championship with a victory over the Texas tech Lady Raiders. Texas Tech's Erin grant led all scorers with a career high 18 points in the losing effort.

Texas Tech started the game with a great offensive performance that allowed them to jump out to an early 10-point lead.  The Lady Raiders ran into offensive problems during the final 5 minutes of the half.  Texas took advantage of this situation and closed the gap to just 2 points at the half.

The Lady Raiders started the second half with a 6-0 run to take a 44-36 lead.  Texas answered with a 12-0 run to take a 51-48 lead with 6:05 remaining.  Texas was able to hold onto this lead for the rest of the game.  The Lady Longhorns won by a final score of 67-57.

Offense

With Natalie Ritchie out of the lineup, the Lady Raiders were forced to abandon the outside shot.  Erin Grant led the Lady Raiders with a career high 18 points.  Grant also had 5 assists in the game.  Plenette Pierson scored 17 points, while Jia Perkins scored 14 points.  The lack of offensive consistency is a concern, but fatigue can be a factor whenever a team plays 3 games in 4 days.

Defense

For the third time this season, the Lady Raiders had some problems defending the balanced Texas offense.  Overall it was a good defensive effort, but the lack of defensive rebounding was a major factor in the loss.  The good news is that the Lady Raiders won't face many teams that rebound as well as Texas.  This defense is more than capable of taking the Lady Raiders to the Final Four.


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