Lubbock, Texas – Playing in front of more than 13,000 fans for the first time in nearly 20 years, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders beat Sam Houston 68-55 at United Supermarket Arena on Tuesday afternoon in the program’s annual Education Day game. .
Playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd of more than 9,000 kids from the surrounding Lubbock/West Texas area, Texas Tech (8-1) capped a seven-game winning streak and had their best start since the 2019-20 season. extended.
The attendance figure of 13,306 announced on Tuesday was the highest attendance for a WBB match this season and the most attended match in almost a year.
Four lady riders led by junior forwards reached double digits for victory Jazzmain Lewis and guard Blair Burr ScottLewis scored a career-high 17 points and had seven rebounds in just 12 minutes of action on Tuesday afternoon. Scott, meanwhile, recorded his 15 points and his 10 rebounds in his career-first double-double.
The Lady Raiders also had a blast with their return to school Katie FerrellBig Cat played 13 minutes Tuesday and had 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.
The Bearkats (3-5), led by guard Chyna Allen’s, scored 17 points on 6-of-21 shooting.
How it happened:
The Lady Raiders used an early triple from Scott to score 5 of the game’s first 8 points and 9 of the first 15 to take an early advantage at 9-6 .
Sam Houston scored 8 of the next 11 points to jump ahead at 14-12 and had 2:23 to play in the first quarter. The meager two-point advantage marked the last time Bearkat took the lead on Tuesday afternoon.
Using fast break layups from guards jasmine shaver, the Lady Raiders scored the final seven points of the quarter to take a 19–14 lead after ten minutes of play. Shavers scored her 10 of her 12 in her first 20 minutes of play.
Building on Q1 momentum, Tech scored 11 of its first 13 points in Q2. His 18-for-2 run back in the first quarter gave the Lady Raiders a 30-for-16 lead, and in the second he played 6:10.
After Sam Houston answered with back-to-back baskets to come within 30-20 at the 4:31 mark, Tech scored seven of the final 11 points to give the break a 37-24 advantage. I was.
In the third, Tech used an and-one from Scott to score 7 of their first 11 points in the quarter. The mini-run gave the Lady Raiders a 44-28 lead just 1:42 into the period.
The Bearkats tried to sneak back into the game using an 8-2 run to cut Lady Raider’s lead to just 48-36 with 14 minutes remaining.
Needing a basket, Tech turned to Lewis, who grabbed the crucial offensive board and scored a second-chance layup.
A Lewis layup jump-started a 7-2 run and increased the Lady Raider’s lead to 55-38 with 2:37 to take third.
Sam Houston scored the quarterfinal basket with 1:51 remaining as the Lady Raiders led 55-40 after 30 minutes of action.
For almost the first eight minutes of the fourth, Tech and Sam Houston continued to exchange baskets, with Tech not falling below 17 and not below 17.
With 2:27 remaining and her Lady Raiders leading 63-49, Lewis grabbed another aggressive rebound (his fourth of the game) and hit a layup. The shot gave the Lady Riders a lead of 16 points (65-49) for her, but also tied for Lewis’ career-high of her 15 points.
On the Lady Raiders’ next possession, Lewis again grabbed an errant shot and hit a layup. Lady She gave the Raiders her 67-50 advantage and her 2:11 shots to go pushed her points total to her 17th.
Ann Ashley Chevalier The free throw gave the Lady Raiders their biggest lead of the game (68-50) with 1:38 remaining, but Sam Houston finished with the final five points and tied within 68-55 at the final horn. rice field.
In the end, the Lady Raiders forced 22 turnovers in three straight games, turning those chances into 15 key points.
Inside the Box Score:
• The last time the Lady Raiders drew at least 13,000 fans was on March 1, 2006 against No. 1 Oklahoma. The announced attendees for the day were sold out (15,098)
• Tuesday’s Education Day game is the seventh-most-attended non-conference game and second-most-attended non-Power Five game in Lady Raider history (Sacramento: 12/28). /04, 14, 119).
• Tech scored 44 of 68 points in the paint, beating Sam Houston 44-20.
• In addition to scoring a career-high (17), Lewis scored a career-high eight field goals.
• Scott’s double-double was the first of her career. Scott recorded her 10th rebound with just 61 seconds remaining.
• After shooting Sam Houston 4/7 from range in the first quarter, the Lady Raiders held the Bearcats down to just 3/15 in the final three quarters.
• A total of 131 field goal attempts were made in Tuesday’s game, with both teams recording 60 field goals.
• Tech had 68 of those shots and had 65 or more field goal attempts in three games (Alabama, 12/1, 66).
• Guard Lyle McKinney He returned to form for the Lady Raiders on Tuesday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She currently shoots 56 percent from the field and 52.8 percent from her three-point range.
• Sam Houston was just 8/20 from the free throw line on Tuesday. This was highlighted by Chyna’s four misses on her Allen’s six attempts. Allen has missed just two free throws all season to date.
• Tech led by 32:46 on Tuesday, the fourth straight game in which the Lady Raiders led by 32 minutes or more.
• For the first time since their game against Louisiana (November 20), Tech made fewer free throw attempts than their opponents.
• Today, the Lady Raiders have queued only 16 times, 12 of which they have attempted.
• The Lady Raiders have taken at least 75% from the line in 7 of their 9 games this season.
Coach’s Speech (HC Christa Gerlich):
“First of all, it’s an amazing crowd. I’m so proud of West Texas and how much West Texas supports women’s basketball, and how much Texas Tech supports women’s basketball. “I’m proud. I want to thank all the school districts.” Bless your heart.But they were great.As I said on the radio,we’re going to give credit to the crowd and theirs’kid for the free throw line defense we put on Sam Houston They made a big difference every time they went to the free throw line. They were really, really loud in our program. Being able to hit seven rebounds is pretty good. stays on the floor longer. what would that look like? Then it’s great that Bure gets a double-double. We’ve challenged every kid to get his double-digit rebounds, and I think it’s great that it’s Bre. Especially since she was a little shy. But I thought she just played inside herself and kept moving forward and rebounding basketball. This is great. Sam Houston is a good basketball team. Ravon does a great job with them. They are very athletic. They have many different weapons and a lot of versatility. Clearly, they’re big on the inside, very athletic, and fast on the periphery. I think we got into a pretty good groove in the quarter and extended our lead a bit. An offensive tolerant he needs to reduce the amount of rebounding and we’ll continue to work on that, but Sam he said Houston is 4th in the nation in rebounding for a reason and I think they showed that tonight. I’m proud of the kids who finished this little run with a win and made it to the finals. An 8-1 record is really great for these girls and our program. I want you to have a day or two to have fun, study for your final exams, and take care of your schoolwork before you go back to work. “
On taking a week off for the Finals:
“It takes a few days to get the kids ready for the finals. “It’s good that our kids have to persevere and learn how to play on their tired legs, how to do short scouts, etc. I think our kids handle it really well.” I thought maybe I was tired maybe I was tired I thought then on second thought I thought you actually knew it’s probably because we’ve been playing seven days and they’re playing very hard. I like the fact that we pushed through by being able to win three here. Now it’s time for them to take a mental break and try to focus a bit on their studies. will definitely keep this in the weight room and take some shots on friday we’ll work on a few things believing that’s what we’re all about and come back on sunday to do oral roberts Track down and get ready to start planning games for them.”
Lady Raiders will be taking a break next week to focus on their final exams. Tech will be back in action next Wednesday (December 14th) when Oral Roberts comes to town.Tip-off from United Supermarket Arena is set at 7pm