Lubbock, Texas – Highlights 5 players who shot double digits with perfect 7-7 shooting from sophomore year Lyle McKinneyThe Texas Tech Lady Raiders beat Alabama 91-56 Thursday night at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Texas Tech (6-1) beat Alabama State 55-35 in the second and third periods.
McKinney led the way in Tech with 19 points and 2 assists.freshman Bailey Maupin Added 17 points and achieved 100 points in her career as a Lady Raider.
Tech’s two post players were also effective on Thursday. Jazzmain Lewis Added 11 points for 5-on-5 perfect shots. Ella Tofaeno 10 points.
The Lady Raiders forced 24 turnovers at Alabama State (0-5), turning those turnovers into 26 points. In contrast, the Lady Raiders made 35 baskets in which he recorded 20 assists and flipped the ball only eight times. His six of Tech’s eight turnovers occurred in the first half of play.
How it happened:
In their first game back from their Thanksgiving trip to the Las Vegas Invitational, the Lady Raiders got off to a slow start, scoring just five points in the first five minutes.
A slow start trailed Tech 6-5 with just over five minutes to go (the only time Tech trailed on Thursday).
3 pointers from Blair Burr Scott They quickly gave the lead back to the Lady Raiders, causing an 8-2 run, giving the Lady Raiders a 13-8 lead, with 3:04 to play in the period. Scott had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Back-to-back layups from Tofaeono and guard after ASU responded with a layup within 13-10. Ashley Chevalier After 10 minutes of play, they doubled Tech’s lead to 17-10.
In the second quarter, the Lady Raiders shrugged off a 5-2 ASU surge to score 18 of their first 26 points.
The run gave the Lady Raiders a 35-18 lead with 2:30 in the first half.
ASU answered with 11 of the next 7 and final 18 points to tie within 42-29 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Lady Raiders started pulling away.
Behind McKinnie’s back-to-back triples, the Lady Raiders scored their first seven points and 23 of their first 29 points, opening a 59–35 lead and playing third with 6:27. The lead swelled to 30, largely due to his 10-0 run that capped his 3-pointer at McKinney.
In the final minutes of the third quarter, Alabama State tied 67-43, but a 3-pointer from Maupin sparked a quick 5-0 run and the Lady Raiders trailed 72-45 in the fourth and final periods. We were able to take the lead. .
In the fourth round, Tech’s lead fell below 30 only once (84-56), with the Lady Raiders taking an easy 91-56 victory.
Inside the Box Score:
• McKinney’s 7-of-7 shot is his second error-free game of the season. The guard shot from the floor against Texas A&M CC and he went 5-5.
• Tofaeono also has the most error-free seven field goals by a Lady Raider since last year’s 7-7 win against TCU (2nd March).
• Tech brought 22 turnovers to Alabama State this season.
• 22 forced turnovers is also the most forced turnover under HC. Christa Gerich.
• Have you just got your new student of the week? jasmine shaver Three games in a row in which they scored at least 10 points, they added another 13 tonight.
• Tofaeono hit double digits for the first time this season with a 10-point performance.
• After a perfect offensive night, McKinney is now shooting 58.8% from the floor and 57.6% from three-point range.
• She and Maupin are now averaging 15.1 and 15.0 points respectively.
• McKinney’s five 3-pointers are a career-high.
• After just 2 misses in her first 37 attempts, Maupin missed 2 in just 7 attempts tonight.
• 40-44 (90.1%) shooting percentage for guards, even with 2 misses.
• Tying for second in the nation in free throw percentage (82.6%) going into the night, Tech was just 10/19 (52.6%) from the line of the game and just 2/8 in the first half. .
• The Lady Raiders are now shooting 46.1% from the floor, 44.1% from 3. Going into tonight’s game, 46.1% from the floor would make him a good 35th domestically, and 44.1% from his 3-point range would be the best in the country.
Coach’s Speech (HC Christa Gerlich):
“They say when you come back from tournaments, especially in destination tournaments, you can drag the first game a bit. I certainly thought that was what we were in Q1 I thought I was dragging, and it was tough to get up and play with a lot of energy.So we really tried to challenge them in the first half..All this. We did better on those points. Defensively we gave up too many points in the second quarter, but I thought we shared the ball better. We came out in the third quarter and started offensively with some positive possessions and some stoppages. thought we got the .. we quit the press and tried to go back to our time with the Alf Courtman defense and applied our rules there and our kids really stepped up We shared the ball really well, I think we saw a lot of selfish play and extra passes, especially in the second half, which led to us finishing with 20 assists. is one of my favorite stats.I’m really proud of the girls who played hard and won.We have to keep improving every day.”
On returning home…
“It’s been great. I’m so excited to be home. I’m happy to be in front of our fans. We need them and we want to encourage them to continue coming out.” I think we need them to make it happen and I think we have a lot of home games this month, not just home court advantage. I think it’s an opportunity to go back to Lady Raider Basketball when we had a lot of people… we need a lot of people behind us for the Big 12 to play.”
The Lady Raiders are back in action on Sunday when UIW comes to town.Tip off from United Supermarket Arena is set at 2pm