LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech Lady Raider basketball team fell to Iowa State in their conference opener on Friday night, 96-66, in front of an impressive crowd at United Supermarkets Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Three Lady Raiders finished the game with 18 points or more, led by Brittany Brewer with 20 points. Lexi Gordon also added 18 points for her third-straight game in double figures and Chrislyn Carr scored 18 as well.
Gordon also assisted on six Texas Tech buckets, which was a career high, and recorded five rebounds and a pair of steals.
Iowa State came out hot, hitting its first nine threes to take a 35-23 lead into the second quarter. The Cyclones led by as many as 17 in the first period of the game; however, an impressive run in the second quarter brought Texas Tech back to within striking distance heading to the half.
Brewer scored 12 of her 20 points in the second quarter to help the Lady Raiders outscore Iowa State, 22-12, in the frame. At the break, Tech only trailed by two points.
The Cyclones would go on to control the game from that point, going on a large run in the third quarter to keep the game out of reach.
- For the first time this season, Texas Tech went with the starting five of Chrislyn Carr, Sydney Goodson, Lexi Gordon, Alexis Tucker and Brittany Brewer. The Lady Raiders moved to 0-1 this season when deploying this starting five.
- After Iowa State jumped out to a 35-23 lead after one quarter, the Lady Raiders closed the gap with a 22-12 second quarter to cut the deficit to two at half.
- The Lady Raiders were led by Gordon and Brewer in the first half. Gordon had 15 points in the first, and Brewer had 16.
- Gordon finished with 18 points for her third-straight game in double figures. Gordon also finished with a career high six assists.
- Brewer recorded her fourth game with 20 points or more this season.
- Brewer surpassed Ivonne CookTaylor for 19th on the program career scoring list with 20 points. She now has 1,183 for her career.
"Well first I want to thank our fans, they were incredible. They showed up in large numbers tonight. We are going to be better for them. We are going to work harder and we are going to do a better job next time. I encourage them to stay with us. This is one loss, it's not the end of the world. Credit to Iowa State, they came out and they did what they do at a very high level and that is shoot the three ball. They ended up with 16 makes in the game and we have to defend it at a much higher level to compete. Credit to them for how they played and how they executed their game plan."
Texas Tech will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU at 6:30 p.m.