LUBBOCK – The Texas Tech Lady Raiders scored 21 unanswered points between the second and third quarters to erase a deficit and pull away from the Sam Houston State Bearkats for a 99-57 win on Thursday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
Sam Houston (2-1) led for more than 16 minutes of the first half, leading by as much as nine in the first quarter; however, Texas Tech (1-0) was able to catch fire late in the opening half before a huge quarter distanced themselves to deny SHSU its first 3-0 start since the 1988-89 season.
Amber Leggett led the Bearkats, hitting career-high four 3-point buckets, but all in the opening half of play. Jenniffer Oramas also had 10 points and dished out four assists before fouling out, and Jaylonn Walker hit a pair of 3-pointers on her way to nine points.
Five Lady Raiders finished in double figures, led by freshman Alexis Tucker’s 21 points. Brittany Brewer just missed a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
The road doesn’t get any easier for the Bearkats their next time out as they head to Ole Miss to take on the Lady Rebels on November 26 at The Pavillion. The game will air on SEC+.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Kats opened up hot, hitting opening up as much as a 22-13 lead on the Lady Raiders just over seven minutes into the game on the strength of 10 points from Leggett. But the Kats went cold for the final 2:51, going scoreless with four turnovers in that span. Meanwhile Texas Tech got it going to get right back into things. closing the quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the Bearkat lead to 22-21 after the opening 10 minutes of play.
The 3-ball continued to be kind to the Kats in the second quarter as they nailed four more, including two quick ones from Walker and Leggett on the first two possessions of the period. But the Kats would hit just five of their next 18 shots from the floor as the Lady Raiders rallied to eventually take the lead. Leggett finished with 16 points in the half, but TTU freshman Alexis Tucker nearly matched her with 15, hitting all five of her shots from the field including a late 3-pointer that gave the Lady Raiders just their second lead of the night.
SHSU led for 16:07 of the half, but still went into the locker room down 42-40, despite forcing 11 turnovers by TTU.
The 7-0 run by the Lady Raiders carried over into the second half as Texas Tech reeled off 14 straight points to open the third quarter to take control of the game. The Kats were not able to get on the board again until back-to-back scores by Kiera McKinney midway through the quarter, snapping a scoring drought of more than six minutes.
It was a rough quarter throughout as the Kats hit just three of their 18 shots from the floor in the third quarter with TTU outscoring SHSU 29-6 to go into the final period with a 71-46 advantage.
That carried over into the final period as the Lady Raiders forced seven Bearkat turnovers and went on another big run, this one of the 16-0 variety, to get to the finish line.