LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team moved to 8-0 for the first time in eight seasons on Tuesday afternoon, handling Prairie View A&M, 82-48, in front of 9,000 fans on Education Day at United Supermarkets Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Six Lady Raiders scored double figures in Tuesday's win, led by Lexi Gordon who scored 16 points and added five rebounds and a couple of steals in her second game at Tech. Brittany Brewer added her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds along with five blocks.
Newcomers Jo'Nah Johnson and Alexis Tucker both scored 10 points as well. Chrislyn Carr and Sydney Goodson rounded out the double-digit scorers for Tech with 10 apiece. Goodson pulled in eight rebounds as well.
The Lady Raiders got off to a slow start, leading 11-10 after one quarter, but a monstrous second quarter put Tech in the lead for good. Texas Tech outscored the Panthers, 30-6, in the second period to take a 25-point lead into the locker room.
The Lady Raiders held the Panthers scoreless for the first six-and-a-half minutes of the second quarter and hit four threes during the run. Chrislyn Carr led the way with nine points in the frame, followed by Lexi Gordon with eight—including a pair of triples. Texas Tech shot 10-for-15 from the floor in the quarter and 4-of-5 from three-point range.
Texas Tech was able to keep Prairie View at arm's length in the third quarter, with six of eight players to see the floor in the frame getting on the scoreboard, including another pair of threes from Gordon.
The Lady Raiders closed out the win with an 11-0 run midway through the fourth, and outscored the Panthers, 21-12, in the period. Tech shot 61.5 percent in the quarter while holding Prairie View to 29.4 percent in the final 10 minutes.
"We had an incredible crowd, with 9,000 awesome little kiddos here. It was pretty special to be able to provide this opportunity for these kids. I'm just really proud of our kids. We go 8-0 for the first time in eight years. With such a storied program, it is very impressive. I am very proud and I am very proud of how they are playing together. We had six people in double figures. We were sharing the ball at a high level. We are defending really well right now. We just want to continue to build on this and continue to keep our streak going."
- Texas Tech went with a new starting five of Chrislyn Carr, Jo'Nah Johnson, Sydney Goodson, Lexi Tucker and Brittany Brewer. It was the third new starting lineup of the year for the Lady Raiders, who moved to 1-0 this season when deploying this starting five.
- After a slow start in the first quarter, Texas Tech went on a huge run in the second period, outscoring the Panthers in, 30-6, in the the period. The Lady Raiders were led by nine points from Chrislyn Carr in the quarter, and eight points from Lexi Gordon who hit two triples during the run.
- Tech didn't allow a PVAMU score until the 3:23 mark of the second period.
- The Lady Raiders' 24-point scoring margin in the frame was the most in a quarter this season for Texas Tech.
- Senior Brittany Brewer finished with her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds. It was the 23rd double-double of her career.
- For the first time this season, six Lady Raiders scored in double figures. Led by Lexi Gordon with 16 points, double-figure scorers also included Jo'Nah Johnson (12), Alexis Tucker (12), Brittany Brewer (12), Sydney Goodson (10) and Chrislyn Carr (10).
- Lexi Gordon's 16 points was a career high across her careers at both Texas Tech and UConn. Gordon also had five rebounds and two assists.
- Texas Tech held Prairie View A&M to 30.4 percent shooting (21-69), the second-lowest by an opponent this season, and 21.1 percent (4-of-19) shooting from three. The Lady Raiders have held all eight of their opponents below 60 points and 40 percent shooting from the floor.
The Lady Raiders will return to United Supermarkets Arena on Friday at 7 p.m. to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff.