LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech women's basketball team moved to 7-0 for the first time in eight seasons on Sunday with a 59-51 win over Houston Baptist at United Supermarkets Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Freshman Alexis Tucker poured in 16 points to lead the Lady Raiders on Sunday. Tucker turned in her sixth double-digit scoring effort in seven games to go along with nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block.
Chrislyn Carr recorded her fifth-straight game in double digits with 14 points, including four triples. Brittany Brewer finished with 11 points, five blocks and nine rebounds. Junior Sydney Goodson also brought in nine boards and a trio of steals.
After a slow start to the game, the Lady Raiders were able to heat up to end the first quarter with the lead. Sparked by four points apiece from Tucker and Brewer, Texas Tech closed the period on a 9-2 run to take a 20-16 advantage after the first 10 minutes.
Tech led, 32-25, at the half, thanks to 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from Tucker. Tech shot 40 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes of the game.
Houston Baptist cut into the Lady Raider lead, outscoring Tech, 17-12, in the third quarter; however, Texas Tech shut the door in the fourth. Chrislyn Carr scored eight of her 14 points in the final frame, and the Lady Raiders only turned the ball over once as they closed out the win.
"I'm really proud of our team. We had to grind it out and win in a different way tonight. We had to rely on our defense and we held them to 51 points, which was really the difference in the game. It wasn't our best offensive night, I think that's obvious. It was one of those nights that we had to do what we had to do and for us it was about defense, it was about growing and being tough and mature in the final minutes of the game. And to not get down when things weren't going great individually offensively. It was really great to have Lexi (Gordon) back on the court. First games coming off finals, sometimes you have to get a little rust off, so we're glad to have this under our belt and to be able to learn and grow from another win and be one of the final undefeated teams remaining in the nation."
- For the fifth-straight game, Texas Tech started Chrislyn Carr, Jo'Nah Johnson, Sydney Goodson, Alexis Tucker and Brittany Brewer. The Lady Raiders moved to 6-0 this season with this starting lineup.
- Lady Raider junior Lexi Gordon made her first appearance in a Texas Tech uniform Sunday after transferring from UConn in the middle of last season. In her Tech debut, Gordon finished with six points and four rebounds on the day.
- For the sixth time in seven games, freshman Alexis Tucker finished in double-figure scoring. Tucker scored 16 points and added nine rebounds to go along with four assists.
- Chrislyn Carr scored in double-figures for the fifth-straight game. She ended up with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists. Eight of Carr's points came in the fourth quarter.
- Senior Brittany Brewer recorded five blocks on the night--her sixth game this season with five or more rejections.
- With 17 turnovers heading into the final quarter, the Lady Raiders only turned the ball over once in the final period.
- Texas Tech has held all seven opponents to 60 points or less and below 40 percent shooting.
The Lady Raiders have a quick turnaround, as they'll be back in the USA on Tuesday at noon against Prairie View A&M for their annual Education Day game.