MORGANTOWN, W.V. – Despite a game-high 16 points from All-American Vivian Gray and three triples from graduate transfer Lexy Hightower, the Texas Tech Lady Raiders fell 64-53 Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum.
After a slow start that saw Texas Tech (8-7, 1-3 Big 12) trail 29-22 at the break, the Lady Raiders sparked by Gray and Hightower caught fire in the third quarter, outscoring the Mountaineers (8-5, 1-2 Big 12) 24-16.
The run gave Tech a 46-45 lead after three quarters.
In the fourth, Tech took a 48-45 lead on a Khadija Faye layup with 8:44 to play, but WVU answered with a decisive 15-2 run over the next nearly eight minutes of action to go up 60-50 with 51 ticks to play. The run allowed the home side to hold on for the 64-53 victory.
Tech did outrebound WVU 41-40, and owned the second chance points 16-2, but the Lady Raiders were hurt by their 21 turnovers Wednesday.
Tech returns to United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday when No. 25 Kansas State visits Lubbock. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.